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Rabies

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and nervous system. It is caused by a virus that can be found in the saliva of infected animals, such as bats, raccoons, and dogs. If a person is bitten or scratched by an infected animal, they can become infected with rabies.



Diagnosis

Diagnosing rabies can be difficult because its symptoms are similar to other illnesses. However, doctors can perform tests on samples of saliva, blood, or spinal fluid to confirm if a person has rabies. It is important to seek medical attention if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, especially if the animal shows signs of rabies.



How to Treat Rabies

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rabies once symptoms appear. That is why it is crucial to seek medical help immediately if you think you have been exposed to the virus. Doctors will provide treatment to prevent the virus from spreading to the brain and nervous system. This may include a series of shots called rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).



Preventive Measures to Take

The best way to prevent rabies is to avoid contact with wild or stray animals. Do not approach or try to pet them, even if they seem friendly. Make sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and keep them away from wild animals. If you see a sick or injured animal, report it to your local animal control or health department. By taking these precautions, you can help protect yourself and others from rabies.



What is Rabies?

Rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and nervous system. It is caused by a virus that can be found in the saliva of infected animals, such as bats, raccoons, and dogs. If a person is bitten or scratched by an infected animal, they can become infected with rabies.



Diagnosis

Diagnosing rabies can be difficult because its symptoms are similar to other illnesses. However, doctors can perform tests on samples of saliva, blood, or spinal fluid to confirm if a person has rabies. It is important to seek medical attention if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, especially if the animal shows signs of rabies.



How to Treat Rabies

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rabies once symptoms appear. That is why it is crucial to seek medical help immediately if you think you have been exposed to the virus. Doctors will provide treatment to prevent the virus from spreading to the brain and nervous system. This may include a series of shots called rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).



Preventive Measures to Take

The best way to prevent rabies is to avoid contact with wild or stray animals. Do not approach or try to pet them, even if they seem friendly. Make sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations and keep them away from wild animals. If you see a sick or injured animal, report it to your local animal control or health department. By taking these precautions, you can help protect yourself and others from rabies.



Graphic representation of Rabies

Symptom list:

Rabies

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Financial support

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Emotional support

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