Rabies – Thailand
1 woman has died from rabies in Surin province in Thailand. She got rabies from a stray cat.
The woman took in a stray cat and it is presumed this is the source. She started showing symptoms on May 7th and died on the 15th.
Only 1 woman has tested positive, she passed away but was in contact with 101 people in total.
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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