Rabies – Brazil
A 12-year-old indigenous girl, admitted to the João Paulo II Children’s Hospital, in the Central Region of Belo Horizonte, had her tests confirmed for human rabies.
This is the second case of the disease in Minas Gerais in the last 10 years. The first confirmed case is the indigenous Zelilton Maxacali, also 12 years old. He couldn’t resist the disease and died on April 4th.
Photo: Cat and dog playing.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and ultimately loss of consciousness. Once symptoms appear, the result is nearly always death.
The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months, but can vary from less than one week to more than one year.
Rabies is present in more than 150 countries and on all continents but Antarctica. It is very important to have your pets vaccinated and avoid contact with wild animals.
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