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Rabies Facts

"Protect your family from rabies"
By: Charlene Lusanta-Malgapo, MDRabies Facts

Rabies is a disease that can be passed on to humans by an infected animal. Once the disease symptoms manifest, rabies has a 100 percent fatality rate. Here are some important facts about rabies:

  • Wild carnivores and bats should in general be considered rabid.
  • Rodents (rats, squirrels) and lagomorphs (rabbits) can typically be regarded as no risk. Contrary to popular belief, it is the rat’s urine that poses a risk (leptospirosis) and not the saliva or the bite itself.
  • When it comes to bites by a healthy dog or cat with a known owner and with updated veterinary shots (assuming the animal’s status does not deteriorate over the following 10 to 14 days), rabies prophylaxis is not indicated.
  • Animal saliva or even their scratches having contact with the victim’s mucous membranes are capable of rabies spread.

Keep your family from being bitten by animals! You won’t need to worry about rabies if you do the following:

· Avoid keeping wild or untamed animals as pets.

· In the presence of a child, guidance of an adult is essential whenever a pet is around even if the animal is caged or harnessed.

· Update your pet’s vaccinations with your veterinarian.

· Train your pet how to follow commands.

Animal bites and other injuries cannot be disregarded even if the incident was done by your “animal friend.” Even a small scratch is not a petty concern. Take action promptly and do not allow a spot for negligence. They may appear to be friendly, but always be on guard.
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