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Rabies

DESCRIPTION
Rhabdovirus that is carried by certain carnivorous mammals and bats
LOCATION
Worldwide, except Australia and Antarctica
CAUSE
Acute disease from a bite by an infected animal
Considered fatal
SYMPTOMS
Brain infection
TREATMENT
Immediately scrub the bite wound with soap and water
Apply a strong first aid solution (such as iodine) or cream
Seek medical attention from a physician
PREVENTION
Get vaccinated before possible contact with infected animals
Avoid contact with possible infected animals
HANDLING
ANIMALS
Wild animals may behave unusual
Dumb rabies: Causes tremors and convulsions
Furious rabies: Causes aggressive behavior before convulsions and paralysis set in
Behavioral changes: friendliness, loss of fear, appearance in the daytime (for nocturnal animals), unprovoked attacks, bewilderment aimless wandering, unusual barking, crying and frothing at the mouth
OTHER FACTS
Can infect all warm-blooded animals
Most cases are from dogs and cats
Once infected, the virus spreads to the brain and then to other organs

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