Rabies - Communicable Disease

Rabies - Communicable Disease

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  • Rabies
  • I was walking through my neighborhood
  • WARNING Rabid dog on the loose
  • When a dog jumped at me
  • Transmission
  • WARNING Rabid dog on the loose
  • IT BIT ME!
  • Signs and Symptoms 
  • After that, I didn't feel like doing much of anything
  • I don't feel so good
  • Rabies is a virus that will travel from an infected bite to the brain, passing through the spinal cord and within nerves, which leads to disease and death. This virus belongs to an order of viruses called Mononegavirales and will infect the central nervous system.
  • How Sick Can You Get?
  • We went to the hospital 
  • They cleaned my wound and gave me shots 
  • An uninfected mammal can contact rabies if it is transmitted through a bite of an infected host or if the eye, nose, mouth, and wound is exposed to infected saliva. 
  • Traeatment
  • Once rabies is transmitted, the victim will start to feel the first symptoms including weakness, discomfort, fever, or headaches. As days passed on and the virus progresses, symptoms like itching from the wound, confusion, delirium, agitation, hallucination, insomnia, and abnormal behavior will appear.
  • Prevention
  • Now, I take vaccines for rabies and remember to be cautious around stray animals
  • For most cases, symptom will last 2 to 10 days for the disease to end in a fatality. There are very few documented survivors who contacted this disease. 
  • We'll do the best we can
  • Cleaning the bite wound with water or dilute water povidone-iodine solution is shown to decrease the risk of rabies. Postexposure anti-rabies and  passive antiboby called Human Rabies Immune Globulin (HRIG), the injection of immune globulin, are administered treatments for patients who are already exposed to the disease.
  • You're lucky to be alive, only a few survive
  • To prevent exposure from rabies, vaccination for pets and yourself, visiting the vet,  reducing exposure to wild life, and calling animal control to decrease ill or stray animals are available options to protect yourself and others from rabies.
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