World Rabies Day – September 28th 2015

On Monday, September 28th, the world will raise awareness and help prevent the spread of rabies through various events being held worldwide by different organizations. This year’s theme is “END RABIES TOGETHER,” and builds up on previous themes to highlight the commitment to end the spread of rabies.

The annual event is in celebrating its 6th year and led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. The aim is to prevent human rabies-related deaths and to educate and alleviate the spread of it from animal to animal.

Rabies accounts for about 55,000 deaths a year in humans and is one of the most deadly but yet most preventable disease in the world. Most human rabies death occur in Africa and Asia and about 30 to 50% of these deaths occur in children under 15 who were bitten by an infected animal. All of these deaths could be prevented with proper medical care and proper control and administration of the vaccine to the dog population.

What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affect the brain in warm-blooded animals. It is transmitted from animal to animal, typically through a bite and is fatal if not treated. The virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves and incubates for a few months in humans. Once the virus has reached the central nervous system, the infection is effectively untreatable and fatal.

What are the symptoms of rabies?

Early symptoms are often malaise, fever, headaches, numbing and tingling around the area of the bite, and some pain. As the virus progresses, there may be violent spasms, uncontrolled mood swings, depression, and extreme lethargy, eventually leading to coma.

In the U.S. the vaccination against rabies that is required of pet owners has virtually eliminated the disease to humans. Any recorded rabies-related deaths to humans were from bat bites and that is only 1 to 2 deaths a year. Some other countries do not have rabies present anymore and this is why when animals are transported from one country to another, there are waiting periods and quarantine periods to ensure that the disease is not reintroduced into the country.

If you would like see all the events being planned around the world for World Rabies Day, you can visit their site: http://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/.

World Rabies Day: What Pets And Owners Should Know

Today is World Rabies Day, a day that was created to raise awareness about rabies and what can be done to eradicate it. In the United States, many pets are vaccinated against rabies and because of that, only one death since 2007 has been attributed to rabies.

What is rabies?

Rabies is a disease that is fatal and transmitted by an infected animal biting a non-infected animal. The virus is spread through the saliva and travels through the nervous system to the spinal cord to the brain.

Symptoms of rabies can vary and the stages of rabies may differ from animal to animal but many will have behavioral changes, show more anxiety, and withdraw from people and other animals. As the disease progresses, the infected animal may become restless and agitated which can lead to aggression and disorientation. The final stages of rabies often include respiratory distress and inability to swallow, and finally, death.

Preventing Rabies

So what can we do to prevent the spread of the disease? Many of us who own pets have gotten them a rabies shot. Skunks, raccoons, and other wild animals may have the disease and vaccinating protects our pets in case they ever come face to face with an infected animal. Aside from vaccinating, we can also do the following to protect our pets and ourselves:

1: Minimize exposure to wooded areas and do not allow your pet to roam out of your sight. Keep your dog on a leash when hiking and camping.

2: Learn about dog bite prevention and teach your family how to approach and not approach strange dogs and cats.

3: Do not keep wild animals as pets in or around your house. Do not feed raccoons in your yard or let the skunk continue to dig through your trash.

4: If your pet or you gets bitten by another animal, see a vet immediately and doctor immediately.

September 28 is World Rabies Day

On September 28th, the world will raise awareness and help prevent the spread of rabies through various events being held worldwide by different organizations. Some will be educational lectures and presentations while others will be fundraisers and low cost or free rabies vaccines clinics set up in cities around the globe. The annual event is in its fourth year and led by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. The aim is to prevent human rabies-related deaths and to educate and alleviate the spread of it from animal to animal.

Rabies accounts for about 55,000 deaths a year in humans and is one of the most deadly but yet most preventable disease in the world. Most human rabies death occur in Africa and Asia and about 30 to 50% of these deaths occur in children under 15 who were bitten by an infected animal. All of these deaths could be prevented with proper medical care and proper control and administration of the vaccine to the dog population. It sounds simple but on comparison to other problems that these regions face, preventing rabies is a low-priority.

However, by increasing the awareness around the world the Global Alliance for Rabies Control hopes to be able to help and prevent more deaths in humans and animals, which in turn would improve the financial stability in some regions and increase the longevity of the people living there. Rabies is a significant cause of death of livestock in some countries and that impacts the economy.

What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that affect the brain in warm-blooded animals. It is transmitted from animal to animal, typically through a bite and is fatal if not treated. The virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves and incubates for a few months in humans. Once the virus has reached the central nervous system, the infection is effectively untreatable and fatal.

What are the symptoms of rabies?

Early symptoms are often malaise, fever, headaches, numbing and tingling around the area of the bite, and some pain. As the virus progresses, there may be violent spasms, uncontrolled mood swings, depression, and extreme lethargy, eventually leading to coma.

The period between the bite and the first signs of flu-like symptoms is about 2 to 12 weeks but can take as long as 2 years. This depends on the distance the virus needs to travel to the brain. During the later stages large quantities of saliva and tears are common during this stage. At this later stage, the ability is speak or swallow is severely disabled and most people and animals die from respiratory insufficiency.

In the U.S. the vaccination against rabies that is required of pet owners has virtually eliminated the disease to humans. Any recorded rabies-related deaths to humans were from bat bites and that is only 1 to 2 deaths a year. Some other countries do not have rabies present anymore and this is why when animals are transported from one country to another, there are waiting periods and quarantine periods to ensure that the disease is not reintroduced into the country.

If you would like see all the events being planned around the world for World Rabies Day, you can visit their site: http://www.worldrabiesday.org.