Health tips to Protect Yourself and kids from Rabies
The best way to protect you and kids from getting infected with rabies is to never approach any homeless or wild animals. Don’t feed them or touch them, even if they look cute and friendly. Pet animal may sometimes look tired or sick or even very angry. That’s a sure sign to stay away!
Rabies is a serious infection of the nervous system which controls everything you do from breathing to walking. A person can get rabies after being bitten or scratched by an animal that carries the rabies virus. Fortunately, very few people get rabies and most cases today are found in wild animals. If someone gets bitten by an animal that has rabies, quick treatment can prevent the illness.
If Animal Bites immediately consult Doctor
Rabies is very serious and can make someone very sick the person’s brain may swell and he or she could die. That’s why it’s so important for someone who’s been bitten by an animal to see a doctor. This is especially important if a person is bitten by a wild animal, such as a squirrel or a bat. But any mammal can get rabies, including household pets, such as dogs, cats, and even ferrets. Household pets can get a rabies vaccine to protect them and their owners. Animals that are not mammals, such as birds, fish, turtles, and snakes, cannot carry rabies.
An animal infected with rabies carries the virus in its saliva, so if it bites somebody, the virus has a way into the person’s body. It’s possible to get rabies from an animal scratch, too. People sometimes describe animals that have rabies as “foaming at the mouth.” This happens because the animal’s nerves no longer work properly and it can’t swallow its own saliva.
If an animal ever bites or scratches you, tell an adult exactly what happened and ask the adult to help you take these steps to protect yourself.
Wash the wound with soap and water for 10 minutes.
Consult doctor immediately.
Give a description of the animal that bit you to your local animal control office so they can try to find the animal and test it for rabies. Your mom or dad can help you do this.
Another important step is to have your pets vaccinated every year by your veterinarian. The vet will give them shots so they can’t catch rabies and give it to you or any other people or animals. Because of these vaccinations, almost no domesticated pets have rabies.
Also, keep outdoor trash cans carefully sealed, so they don’t attract raccoons and other wild animals known to carry rabies. By closing your trash can, you’ll be shutting the lid on rabies, too!
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:
- Schedule regular veterinarian checkups and rabies vaccination for your pets.
- If you spot a stray animal in your neighborhood, call animal control.
- Teach children not to approach any stray or animal they don’t know.
- Make sure pets stay indoors until you can supervise them outdoors.
- Avoid attracting stray or wild animals by covering garbage and keeping all pet food and water indoors.