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New tool takes a bit of bite from crocs

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A new Queensland-based technique to treat crocodile bite wounds is expected to save many victims from post-attack infection.

Previously, around half of victims suffered from serious infections due to bacteria in the water and crocodiles' mouths.

Cairns Hospital general physician Josh Hanson says now patients just need three shots of one type of antibiotic a day to stave off complications.

That's down from many victims needing 15 shots of four different antibiotics a day, after a study in the mid-1990s.

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