Luis Suarez – Why are human bites dangerous?

It took less than 5 minutes from the moment the scuffle happened in the Uruguay vs Italy game, to the first jokes hitting social media across the world. Here are some of the memes that appeared.

Sure, it is funny, in a ridiculous way: a supremely talented guy in one of the fastest-moving games in the world has time to bite the man blocking him? Worst of all, this is the third time it’s happened, and Luis Suarez, playing for Uruguay, is known as a biter. But if you think about how dangerous human bites are, why is anyone keeping a serial-biter on the team?

Why are human bites dangerous?

Human bites are considered as dangerous as, or even more dangerous, than animal bites because of the types of viruses and bacteria in the mouth. Dr Russell Thomson from Hello Doctor says “Even cutting your knuckles on someone’s teeth in a fight is considered, and treated as, a human bite. Get to the doctor as soon as possible. There is always a high risk of infection, and you may need a tetanus shot or booster”

Been bitten? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a dry, clean cloth
  2. Wash the wound with soap and water.
  3. Apply an antibiotic cream to prevent infection.
  4. Cover the wound with a clean, non-stick bandage.

Oh, and, here is a clip of all three of Suarez’ bite incidents over the years – maybe he does need a muzzle?

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Sources: Huffington Post, Mayoclinic