Thousands of people around the world die due to rabies. While this is a rare disease, it is almost always fatal to anyone who contracts it. Fortunately, this disease is easily preventable through rabies vaccine. In some countries, the vaccine was only given after the patient was bitten. However, it is also given to an individual with a higher risk of contracting rabies.
This disease is now rare in most countries. However, people can still get, and those bitten almost certainly die. Rabies is transmitted from animals to humans, usually dogs. A person can contract the disease through animal bites, targeting the brain and the nervous system. Because of this, rabies can become a life-threatening disease.
If you work as a veterinarian or animal handler, studies the rabies virus, or travels in countries where rabies is common, then you need to get the rabies vaccine. You will need 3 doses of the vaccine, with the second dose given a week after the first dose. After 21 or 28 days, you can take the third dose, which will ensure you are fully protected from rabies.
Rabies infection’s symptoms are initially flu-like. It includes headache, fever, and feeling unwell. Similarly, you may feel pain at the bite wound or scratch as well as anxiety. The symptoms will often become severe and will include additional symptoms such as:
Disease risk areas for rabies infection include Africa, Afghanistan, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as Argentina. Every year, there is about 55, 000 cases of rabies infection worldwide. If you were ever bitten while in an affection region of rabies, make sure to wash it with soap and rinse with running water. Use alcohol or antiseptic to clean, leave it uncovered and seek medical help.
The cause of rabies infection is essentially a bite or scratch from an animal infected by the virus. The most common cause is a dog bite, but rabies can also be found in cats, foxes, raccoons, wild bats, jackals, and mongooses. You can also contract rabies when your infected pet licks an open would. Rabies vaccine is the only real effective protection against the infection.
If you are bitten by a dog or any animal you think is infected with rabies virus, you should immediately head to our clinic. Our doctors can provide you with the appropriate advice to treat the wound and give you vaccines to prevent the spread of the virus. If you are worried, you are at risk but cannot head to a doctor right away, clean and disinfect the wound immediately.
Whether you have or have not been vaccinated yet against rabies, your doctor will give you 2 to 5 doses of the vaccine. It is also advised to take a shot of immunoglobulin to ensure you further boost your protection against the infection. As much as possible, avoid contact with possible infected animals, even dead ones. Additionally, make sure to get vaccinated before traveling even if you already did before.
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