Rabies

ZOONOTIC CONCERN

Cause: Rhabdovirus

Occurrence in Animals: All mammals, especially wild carnivores; rare in confined laboratory animals, may occur if they became in contact with rabid animals

Exposure: Bites

Symptoms:

  • ANIMALS:
    • Two presentations
      • Depressive
      • Aggressive
  • HUMANS:
    • Local pain at point of inoculation
    • Headache, fever, malaise
    • Anxiety, agitation, paralysis, coma

Precautions:

  • Take appropriate safety precautions when handling potentially rabid animals
  • Pre-exposure vaccination
  • If accidental exposure should occur, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, and seek medical attention immediately

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