Rabies Information: Symptoms, Vaccines, And Treatments

rabies Iformation: How it's transmitted, signs symptoms and prevention.

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is usually transmitted by a bite from a rabid animal. Most common carriers are wild animals. Because of the widespread use of vaccines, the spread of rabies through domestic animals in the United States is not as common as it used to be, but it's always best to be cautious and request shot records from the owner of any animal that has bitten you.

If no shot record is available then the animal may be quarantined as a precautionary measure. If the animal is uninfected then no treatment is required. If the animal dies within the quarantine period, the animal's head is removed and the brain is tested for the rabies virus. If the test comes back positive then that person or persons bitten by the animal will be required to receive treatment to prevent rabies from occurring.

If the animal that has bitten you is a wild animal, then do what you can to capture the animal. If you must kill the animal make sure you don't damage the head because that will be needed for rabies testing. The majority of people infected with rabies acquired it through contact with bats. Because bat bites are so small, they can go undetected, so if you or your family have been in contact with any bats then it's wise to go in for the treatment. Treatment is the most effective means of preventing the infection once a person is exposed. The treatment must be received before symptoms occur. Once symptoms are present, it's too late.



Some of the symptoms of rabies are:

low-grade fever

pain at the site of the bite

swallowing difficulty or swallowing difficulty with liquids only

restlessness

excitability

muscle spasms

convulsions

numbness and tingling

loss of muscle function

loss of feeling in parts of the body

drooling

anxiety

Prevention is the best way to avoid the dangers of rabies. Have your pets vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that comes in contact with wild animals is at risk. Making sure that all domestic animals are vaccinated against rabies is the best way to prevent it. Also keeping wild animals away from your pets is important. Make sure you aren't welcoming wildlife by leaving food out. Make sure you have sturdy lids on trash cans and that all uneaten pet food is brought in at night. Also to make sure wildlife isn't making your home theirs, install lighting close to the house to keep animals from burrowing near the foundation.

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