The rabies virus infects the central nervous system,
causing neurologic signs, such as seizures, behavioral alterations,
vocalization and voice change, salivation, swallowing difficulty,
paralysis and death. In the United States, human fatalities are
mostly in people unaware of their exposure, who fails to seek
medical assistance. Signs in humans begin with fever, headache, and
general malaise. They then progress to insomnia, anxiety, confusion,
slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation,
hypersalivation, difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of
water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of symptoms.
Once signs occur, (usually within ten days of exposure), there is no treatment for rabies. Post-exposure vaccinations, however, is effective if done promptly. It consists of a series of shots in the arm.
We are very successful in our rabies prevention program.
Rabies control officials or constantly on the watch and are actively
working on rabies eradication in wildlife. Our pets are being
vaccinated nationwide and we have reached solid population immunity.
You can help keep this deadly disease away by following
current vaccination of pet dogs, cats and ferrets.
your pet and avoid contact with stray animals.
animal control to remove stray and wild animals from your
immediate veterinary attention for your pet in case of any animal
bite or whenever they are “not acting right”.
· Do not
approach unfamiliar animals, especially if they exhibit unusual
behavior (slow moving, not fearful, present in wrong places and
times). That is especially important in case of wildlife. No
wildlife adoptions or sick animals nursing either.
· Do not
make food available to wild animals such as raccoons, skunks and
coyotes. Avoid leaving pet food outdoors. Keep garbage covered and
· Teach and
instruct children to follow these roles.
“An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is life
saving is case of rabies.
More information from the CDC
More information from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/