The following facts about Rabies, obtained from the World Health Organization, explains the disease, how it is spread, and how it affects both humans and animals.
Domestic and wild animals can spread Rabies to humans – the transmission occurs through bites from the infected animals. The incubation period for Rabies is around 2-3 months, and by the time symptoms start to show, the virus has already spread through the central nervous system. The infection is almost always fatal in both humans and animals.
Rabies is present on all continents, except Antarctica. An estimated 59 000 people die from Rabies every year.
Apart from dogs, other animals, including bats, can transmit Rabies. This being said, dogs are the main source of up to 95% of human Rabies deaths.
Four out of ten human Rabies deaths are in children, aged under 15 years. Although all age groups are susceptible, it is children who are more likely to get bitten by dogs, due to their trusting nature and lack of awareness about the disease.
Education and awareness is key to preventing Rabies from spreading. Teaching animal owners about the importance of vaccinating their pets is paramount to preventing the spread of the disease. Educating children about the dangers of Rabies and to avoid getting bitten by animals is essential.
Speak to your local SPCA or Veterinarian today about getting your pets vaccinated against this fatal disease.
Don’t Procrastinate – Vaccinate!