I wrote an article “Beware of rabid dogs” five days ago. Just this morning, I read from a local tabloid that a woman from north of Bacolod City died of rabies. She was reportedly bitten by a dog in her palm last January 2014 and died last March 4, 2014.
The paper further stated that the woman was brought to an emergency clinic in their place and was injected with anti-tetanus. She was instructed to seek help with the city health coordinator for immediate treatment of the anti-rabies which the woman did not headed.
Last March 2, 2014, she complained of numbness. She was rushed to the emergency clinic again for a check up. On March 4, 2014, she was confined on the same clinic when she complained of chest pain and was having difficulty in breathing and swallowing. That same day, she lost her life. The report stated that her case is the first reported fatality for the year within the province.
This is one of a life-saving case that should not be taken for granted especially for the victims of dog bites. I heard some people simply ignore being injected with the anti-rabies because they don’t suspect the dog has rabies or they don’t have any money to spend for the medicine or they just simply ignore the biting incident. A single vial of anti-rabies costs something like Php1,800 and that can accommodate 4 persons. If you are a victim of a dog bite, visit immediately the rabies coordinator at your city or town health office. They will schedule you for an injection the soonest possible if you are willing to buy yourself the anti-rabies vial but if you don’t have enough money, gather some dog-bite victims you will know at the clinic and arrange to share individually to buy the vaccine.
Some rabies virus takes it longer to effect but normally the symptoms will be felt from one to three months after contacting it. The time depends on the distance the virus will travel to reach the central nervous system.
What are the symptoms?
Within 2 to 12 weeks, a victim will have fever and tingling and pain at the bitten area. Symptoms may soon expand to the following:
- slight or partial paralysis
- abnormal behavior
- hallucinations, progressing to delirium
The patient may suffer hydrophobia – the fear of water.
How to prevent rabies?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Communicable Disease Surveillance 2007 Annual Report states the following can help reduce the risk of contracting rabies:
- Vaccinating dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets against rabies
- Keeping pets under supervision
- Not handling wild animals or strays
- Contacting an animal control officer upon observing a wild animal or a stray, especially if the animal is acting strangely
- If bitten by an animal, washing the wound with soap and water for 10 to 15 minutes and contacting a health-care provider to determine if post-exposure prophylaxis is required
The World Rabies Day is celebrated every September 28, which promotes the information, prevention, and elimination of the disease.
Note: Some info were taken from Wikipedia.
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