Rabies – India
A 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy have both died from rabies in Poonamallee and Puzhal, India. The 6-year-old boy was bitten by a street dogs in June 2021 in Poonamallee, India. The parents did not give him anti-rabies vaccine but relied on native medicine instead and it had infected his brain.
The health department has screened 176 people in 50 houses for dog bite cases and rabies infections. Rabies deaths can be fully preventable with vaccinations.
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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