Rabies – India

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In Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district of India rabies infection in humans has been confirmed.

Two women have been infected with rabies from the bite of a cat two months ago. A 64-year-old womaini n Movva Mandal and a 43-year-old in Nagamani. Both women have died from the infection.

The families of both women reported they that had had a Tetanus Toxoid injection and had also taken medication for the cat bites, but their conditions deteriorated and they died on the same day. The cat that bit the woman was reported to have been bitten by an infected dog, the cat has also died subsequently.

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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