Rabies-Signs In Animals And Human,Prevention.
Rabies comes from the bite of a rabid or mad animal, usually a rabid dog, cat, fox, wolf, skunk or jackal. Bats and other animals may also spread rabies.
RABIES SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IN ANIMALS
- The animal acts strangely- sometimes sad, restless or irritable.
- Foaming at the mouth, and cannot eat or drink.
- Sometimes the animal goes wild (mad) and may bite anyone or anything nearby.
- The animal dies within 5 to 7 days.
RABIES SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IN HUMAN
- Pain and tingling in the area of the bite.
- Irregular breathing, as if the person has just been crying.
- Pain and difficulty in swallowing. A lot of thick, sticky saliva.
- The person is alert but on edge and may be thought ‘hysterical’. Fits of anger can occur.
- As death nears, fits (convulsions) and paralysis occurs.
IF YOU HAVE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE AN ANIMAL THAT HAS BITTEN SOMEONE HAS RABIES :
- Tie or cage the animal for a week.
- Clean the bite well with soap, water and hydrogen peroxide. Do not close the wound; leave it open.
- If the animal dies before the week is up (or if it was killed or cannot be caught), take the bitten person at once to a health center where he can be given a series of anti-rabies injections.
The first symptoms of rabies appear from 10 days up to 2 years after the bite (usually within 3 to 7 weeks). Treatment must begin before the first signs of the sickness appear.
Once the sickness begins, no treatment known to medical science can save the person’s life.
- Kill and bury (or cage for one week) any animal suspected of having rabies.
- Cooperate with programs to vaccinate dogs.
- Keep children far away from any animal that seems sick or acts strangely.
Remember that a female dog with puppies will bite those who come too near, just to protect her young. This is her instinct. Do not confuse this with rabies.
Take great care in handling any animal that seems sick or acts strangely. Even if it does not bite anyone, its saliva can cause rabies if it gets into a cut or scratch.