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Rabies: Symptoms, Treatment
Children love pets and they benefit from the companionship, relationships and affection that they share with their pets. However, pets can transmit harmful infections to humans. It is therefore important to know how to protect your child from these infections.
All animals have germs and bacteria. Some infections carried by animals cannot be transmitted to humans. But, humans can get animal-borne diseases when they are bitten or scratched by animals or come into contact with animal waste or saliva.
The most common household pets are cats and dogs. The most common infections carried over to humans by cats and dogs are cat scratch disease, rabies and ringworm.
Rabies is caused by a virus that enters the body through a bite or wound and attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and can be fatal. Animals that could be carriers of rabies include cats, dogs, bats and foxes. Human rabies is not very common, thanks to vaccines that are available.
Signs and Symptoms
Animals with rabies are usually anxious or fearful, they are aggressive, and have difficulty swallowing and have excessive drool. Human symptoms appear in 2 stages:
Once symptoms present themselves, the disease is usually fatal.
If your pet has been bitten:
If you have been bitten:
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