Signs of Rabies and Causes of its Transmission

Rabies is a lot closer than a stray dog foaming at the mouth in a back alley. It can effect your pet or even you, but keeping yourself aware of the signs is one step closer to keeping yourself safe.

Rabies is a virus that first effects your central nervous system. It can cause brain disease and eventually death. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is most often reported as coming from raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

The early signs of rabies are much like those of most sicknesses: a fever and headache. Later on, the disease effects the victim’s mental health with symptoms such as insomnia, hallucinations, hydrophobia, confusion, anxiety, and agitation.

Rabies should be treated as a medical emergency, meaning you should not put off getting medical attention. However, it is not an emergency. If it is inconvenient to seek out medical attention the moment you are bitten, rinse and wash your wound thoroughly.

In the United States, the vaccination process includes one does of immune globulin and four doses of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) over the course of fourteen days.

Almost all of the rabies cases reported have been the fault of animals. There have only been a handful of human-to-human transmission cases, caused by cornea and organ transplants. There has never been a recorded case of a human receiving rabies from another human through a bite.

If your pet contracts rabies, whether or not they received a vaccination determines their fate. If they did not receive a vaccination before contracting rabies, they should be euthanized as soon as possible. An alternative to this is isolation for six months along with a vaccination given to your pet a month before they are released. Vaccinated animals are under observation for 45 days, and the treatment of animals with expired vaccinations are determined case by case.

The website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm says that having pets is a rewarding experience, but when a pet bites someone, its owner is liable for the injuries that may occur as a result. This includes paying for the victim’s hospital treatments.

Dog Bites – A Negligent Act of Dog Owners

Dogs are the most common household pets in the United States and families having as many as a dozen dogs in their homes are a familiar sight to many. These animals are simply adorable and, though, some may not really look charming, this lack is compensated by their playfulness and loyalty to their masters or caretakers.

The lovable characteristics of these animals, which have even been depicted in some films, present a startling contrast, though, to reports of dog bites around the country which, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) number to 800,000 every year.

Since majority of those bitten are owners’ young children and older adults, some consider dog bite injuries as simple, minor wounds. In reality, however, many bites cause lacerations, nerve damage and, as mentioned by the car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., scarring, broken bones, disfigurement and even death.

Dog bite injuries are most commonly suffered by young boys aged four to nine years, but the worst and most traumatic bites, which are on the head or neck, are suffered by children below four years old. In fact, due to the severity of these bites, many children are no longer able to recover.

Only certain breeds of dogs cause bite injuries, however, and these breeds have been identified, even by dog experts, as naturally more hostile than other dogs. Topping the list of these “more hostile” canines are Pit bull terriers (and their mixes) and Rottweiler. In many states, Pit bulls have even been identified as lethal weapons and police have been authorized by courts to shoot these dogs if these threaten to attack or bite anyone. Between 2005 and 2012, at least 250 fatal attacks on senior citizens and children involved Pit bulls alone.

Though dogs can be trained, CDC still strongly enforces the Leash law, which requires dog owners to put a leash on their dogs, especially if they will take their dogs for a walk. In all states, dog owners are also held responsible for any harm or injury that their dog/s will cause.