Rabies is a deadly virus that gets transmitted from animals to humans. It attacks the central nervous system, particularly causing inflammation in the human brain. It spreads through the saliva of infected animals when they bite a person or another animal. You can also get the infection if an infected animal licks on an open wound or the mucous membranes. For instance, the mouth or eyes come in contact with the saliva of the infected animal.
Animals that are most likely to transmit the rabies virus including farm animals, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, monkeys, foxes etc. out of which most of the cases of rabies are caused by dog bites.
After exposure to the virus, the symptoms may appear within a week or even after a year. In most people, the symptoms develop in about eight weeks. Symptoms occur more rapidly after bite on the head or neck, as the rabies virus travels more quickly to your brain. Initial symptoms of rabies are usually loss of appetite, pain at the site of bite and headache. Enlisted here are the common signs and symptoms of rabies.
After exposure to the rabies virus, you will receive injections to prevent the infection from taking hold of your body. Any suspicious animal contact must be treated immediately with rabies immunoglobulin injection, rabies vaccine and antibiotics.
Clean the wound properly with soap and water after an animal bite. Consult your physician for advice regarding rabies vaccine. After the examination, your doctor will recommend the vaccination schedule.
Your doctor will advice rabies vaccine if:
There are 2 types of injection for protection against rabies after an animal bite. These include
You can easily identify if the animal that bit you have rabies. Like, if the animal is a pet dog or cat that is vaccinated properly for rabies you won't need shots. If you can locate and observe the animal that has bitten you within 10 days and the animal remains healthy in this period then you probably won’t need a rabies shot.
You must consult your doctor immediately after any type of contact with animals to stop the virus from spreading into the whole body.
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