Protecting Yourself from Rabies
Rabies is a virus that can be passed from animals to humans through saliva. Although most people have had rabies vaccines, this does not guarantee prevention. If exposed to rabies, it is imperative that you receive a follow-up round of vaccines to eradicate the disease.
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Symptoms of Rabies
Typically, rabies only occurs in the wild; however, sometimes domestic animals become infected. Once exposed, symptoms will begin to develop over several days. For animals, the symptoms include:
- Frothing at the mouth
- Erratic behavior
- Poor coordination
When contracted by humans, the disease can result in:
- Fear of water
- Muscle spasms
- Extreme thirst/salivation
In order to protect you and your loved one from rabies, make sure they can identify the symptoms of rabies in both humans and other animals.
Prevention and Treatment
If you encounter a clearly rabid animal, go inside and immediately call animal control. Do not try to take care of the animal yourself, as rabid animals’ behavior is oftentimes unpredictable and violent.
If you do contract rabies from a dog or other animal, it is important that seek treatment immediately. Rabies can be cured through a series of injections.