In the United States in Utah, public health officials reported that one patient died of rabies. It is suspected that the source of infection is the exposure of bats. He is the first resident who dies because of rage from 1944.
The state of Utah law requires that all domestic dogs, cats and ferrets receive a rabies vaccine. Animal owners are encouraged to contact their veterinarian for additional information.
In addition to vaccinating pets, it is recommended to:
- never touch the bat.
- leave the bats out of the house;
- seal cracks and holes through which bats can get into the house;
- keep animals in the room and watch them when they are outside;
- Report stray animals to local authorities. Call local animal control officials to report stray dogs and cats;
- do not approach stray animals;
- in pets, the symptoms of rabies may include behavioral changes, general illness, difficulty in swallowing, increased saliva and saliva, and bites of all if excited.
Reminders on rage
life-threatening disease if it is not treated in time. Treatment
Human rabies prevention is very effective if given
quickly after contact with the carrier animal.
Man's pollution comes exclusively from the animal
contact with saliva by a bite, scratch, licking on the skin contorted or
on the mucosa (eye, lips). The animal may become infectious for 15 days
before the onset of the first symptoms of the disease and the rest
till death. If the animal is alive and has no symptoms
after the observation period of 15 days from the date
exposure (bite or other exposure), he could not pass
rage in a bitten person.
To reduce the risk of rabies, avoid contact with domestic animals, bats or wild mammals.
In case of bites, scratches or licking wounds:
- It is necessary to clean the wound with water and
soap for 15 minutes, rinsing, applying iodine antiseptic
or chlorinated, are necessary to limit the risk of infection.
- Then, consult a physician who will decide about the necessity
vaccine treatment and anti-rabies administration
specific anti-rabies immunoglobulins in the absence of vaccination
Preventive vaccinations can be recommended for expatriates and
travelers at risk (pedestrians, children, cyclists, speleologists,
entities in contact with animals). Prophylactic vaccinations
he does not resign from healing treatment, which must be implemented on
as soon as possible in the case of known or suspected exposure, but
simplifies treatment and resigns from the use of immunoglobulins that
they are not always available in developing countries.
For travelers, detailed information is available on the websites Mesvaccins.net or Medecinedesvoyages.net.
Source: Outbreak News Today.