Treatments available for individuals infected by rabies

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 | 0 comments

People in the U.S. who have been bitten by animals like dogs, on rare occasions, may be infected by the rabies virus. Dog bite victims should immediately seek medical attention mostly if they are not sure if the dog that bit them had its vaccines.

Rabies, unfortunately, is fatal, and people who have been infected by the virus are often required to undergo series of vaccine shots to suppress viral infection in their body. An individual who has been bitten by a dog may be given “rabies immune globulin” or the fast-acting vaccine that prevents the virus from spreading. Rabies shots are often considered when the victim fail to determine if the dog has a virus. A person who had been injured by an infected dog may experience symptoms like nausea, fever, hydrophobia, confusion, insomnia, lower leg paralysis, depression, and agitation. The virus from the dog’s saliva that had been transmitted through biting will affect the victim’s central nervous system and until it reaches the brain. A person may later die from rabies if his or her brain and spinal cord become swollen. Persons who have been confirmed to have been infected by rabies are given rabies vaccine shots for not less than 14 days.

Unlike rabies immune globulin that is usually injected near the bite area, rabies vaccines are injected in the arm for the body to detect infected areas. Families whose loved ones have been bitten by someone else’ dog should immediately report the incident to local authorities including animal control. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, individuals whose injuries were caused by negligent pet owners may be able to pursue a claim to cover medical expenses, pain, and suffering. People should note that pet owners can be held responsible for the behavior of their pet.

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