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"It's the choices you make not the chances you take that determines your destiny" - SETH


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Lauren McCarthy
Mrs Ferrell
Health 11
December 15 2009
What is rabies? Rabies is a viral neroinvasive disease that causes acute encephalitis. It is a preventable disease most often transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal. It is a zoonosis, which means it is part of a group of a diseases that can be transmitted to humans by bites of infected animals. Rabies is normally tied together with infected dogs but there are other animals. The other animals include wolves, coyotes, jackles, foxes, mostly canine family, bats, raccoons, and skunks. Domestice cats and ferrets are considered low-risk.
About 30,000 – 50,000 thousand deaths accure a year. All cases of rabies was death until 1885 which then a vaccine was developed. Then cases became less deadly.It is caused by a virus that looks for tissue of the tissue of the nervous syster. It is killed by drying detergents, and ultra violent rays.
The symptoms can take 2 to 12 weeks for symptoms. But some may take up to 2 years. Some of the first stages of the symptoms are paranoia, terror, hallucinations, progression, confusion and insomnia. The later stages produce large quanitities of saliva and tears. Diffcult swallowing and being unable to speak is usual too. They can not quench their thirst. Due to this symptom it got its other name of hydrophobia. Dealth, if occuring, would happen after 10 days.
Prevention is very easy. Just keep your pets vaccinated and stay away from strays. If you see a pet with foaming at the mouth and not looking very healthy, stay away. There is no way we can vaccinate all the wild animals but we the people can learn about rabies and stay away from those pets who are known to be infected with this disease. If you do get bitten, go right to the hospital for they can help you with medicine and everything need to heal the disease.
This was about rabies. Rabies was a very fun topic to research. Rabies can be very dangerous and sometimes even deadly....


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