Rabies, often called mad dog disease, is a virus that can affect the brain and spinal cord of all mammals. Humans can contract rabies from the bite of an animal infected with the rabies virus, such as dogs. Although this disease can be prevented, rabies dogs and the transmission of the virus still cause fear and anxiety in humans.
This deadly disease has been reported in various parts of the world, including in Indonesia. Every year, rabies causes the death of more than 50,000 humans and millions of animals throughout the world. As soon as these rabies symptoms appear, it will have fatal consequences if they are not treated immediately. Fortunately rabies can be prevented with proper treatment.
However, you have to know what the signs of a rabies dog are like and what symptoms they have in humans who have contracted the dog.
Signs and symptoms of rabies dogs
Animals infected with rabies may appear sick, crazy, or become more virulent. This is the origin of the phrase "crazy dog". However, dogs infected with rabies can also look too friendly, tame, or confused. In fact, sometimes dogs infected with rabies may look normal or normal.
Initially, an infected dog may show extreme behavioral changes such as anxiety, not being calm or scared. Friendly dogs may be more sensitive, or normally excited dogs can be more tame.
Rabies dogs may also bite or attack other animals, humans, and inanimate objects. Dogs that have rabies may also continue to lick, bite, and chew certain objects. This condition is usually accompanied by fever.
As the virus develops, infected dogs can become sensitive to touch, light and sound. Dogs may eat things that are not usually eaten and like to hide in dark places. Paralysis of the throat and jaw muscles, resulting in symptoms of foam or foam appearing in the dog's mouth.
Lung and deftness are also common in rabies dogs caused by back leg paralysis. Other common rabies signs include loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, and sudden death.
Signs and symptoms of rabies in humans
The incubation period (time from infection to the development of symptoms) of the rabies virus in humans is around 30 to 60 days. Therefore, you may experience symptoms long after you have been bitten or scratched by a rabid dog. Most people first experience symptoms of pain that begin with tingling or itching from the bite or the entry of the virus.
Other complaints include high fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, and experiencing insomnia. These symptoms may appear similar to flu symptoms.
Gradually, the virus will spread, causing the patient to feel anxious, confusion, paralysis, difficulty swallowing, and eventually become seizures to cause coma.
Rabies sufferers will also experience fear of water (hydrophobia) and fear of aerophobia. Finally, various organs of the body feel sicker and cause death even though they have received treatment.
Therefore, if you suspect your pet has rabies, consult a veterinarian immediately. Likewise, if you have been bitten by a wild animal or a dog that you don't know. Immediately check with your doctor before the symptoms get worse.
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