Rabies – Nepal

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July 9, 2021 – Three cases of rabies virus reported within the month in the Chaurideurali Rural Municipality-6. The individuals were the following: an 8 year old child, a 44 year old adult, and an 80 year old adult. All three cases have been reported deceased, according to the source.

Source claims that the cause of the rabies infection and death were bites from dogs that carried the rabies virus. Symptoms for each case was not identified in this source.

As a response to the cases, 200 anti-rabies vaccines were sent to Chaurideurali and in Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panauti municipalities, approximately 3,000 dogs that were deemed stray were vaccinated. All of these municipalities had reported cases of the rabies virus present. Officials in the source state that efforts include continuation of the vaccination of dogs and the expansion of sterilization efforts to diminish the propagation of the rabies virus.

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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