Covering Everything You Need To Know About Rabies And The Worldwide Holiday Based Around It

Most people don’t realize that rabies is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. Over 99% of rabies cases are fatal once the infection has taken hold. That’s why September 28th is internationally celebrated as World Rabies Day. This article will explain the importance of World Rabies Day, what rabies are, how rabies can be prevented, and how you can get involved with this amazing holiday. 

The Founding Of The Holiday

World Rabies Day was originally founded in 2007 by Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). G.A.R.C. is an organization that aims to prevent human deaths from dog-mediated rabies and relieve the burden of rabies in other animal populations, especially dogs. G.A.R.C. works with veterinary experts, public health experts, and education experts to help educate people about Rabies. Educating people about the dangers of rabies is the best way to prevent people, and their pets, from contracting it. 

Animal bite wound

Animal bite wound

What Are Rabies?

Rabies can be defined as a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. According to the C.D.C. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the rabies virus attacks the central nervous system of mammals and ultimately causes disease in the brain and death. While any mammal can get rabies, the vast majority of rabies cases that are reported to the C.D.C. occur in bites from wild animals like racoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Indicators that a wild animal may have rabies include aggression, abnormal behavior, excessive salivation, seizures, paralysis, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing. 

Is There A Cure For Rabies?

Sadly, there is no effective treatment for rabies once the infection is established. According to the C.D.C. the rabies virus infection is fatal in over 99% of cases. However, rabies is 100% preventable. Both humans and animals can receive a rabies vaccine that will prevent infection. Most rabies vaccines are good for 3 years, but some must be administered annually. 

Additionally, there is a fast-acting rabies shot that you or your pets can receive after being bitten by a potentially infected animal. This rabies shot will stop the infection from spreading to the central nervous system. However, the rabies infection can spread very quickly. If you or your pets are bitten by an animal that is known to have rabies, seek medical care immediately. 

A rabies shot

A rabies shot

How You Can Observe The Holiday

World Rabies Day is a very important awareness-based holiday that we encourage you to celebrate this September 28th. One way to celebrate is by double checking that you, your family, and your pets are up-to-date on your rabies vaccines. Additionally, you can also observe World Rabies Day by spreading the word about it on social media. A simple post about World Rabies Day on social media can help raise awareness and educate people about Rabies and how deadly it can be. Don’t forget to share this article as well! 

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