Rabies Transmitted by Dog Bite

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Rabies can be transmitted when the virus is introduced by a bite or contact with mucous membranes. If the dog is rabid or suspected of being rabid or if the injury is to the face or neck, the victim usually is given the rabies vaccine and human rabies immune globulin (RIG) immediately. If the dog’s veterinary records are available, and the animal is known to be healthy, it can be observed for 10 days and the rabies vaccine can be delayed. However, if the animal develops symptoms, the victim I usually is given RIG immediately. If the animal is not available for observation, the victim is usually given the rabies vaccine.

The first symptoms of rabies in humans are similar to those of the flu, including headache, fever, weakness, and discomfort. There also may be a prickling or itching sensation at the site of bite. Within days, the discomfort usually progresses to symptoms of cerebral dysfunction, anxiety, confusion, agitation. As the disease progresses, the person may experience delirium, abnormal behavior, hallucinations, and insomnia. The acute period of disease typically ends after 2 to 10 days. Once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare. To date less than 10 documented cases of human survival from clinical rabies have been reported and only two have not had a history of pre- or postexposure prophylaxis.

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