Wildlife Rabies Vaccines are Awaited in Northern Maine

Wildlife Rabies Vaccines are Awaited in Northern Maine
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Unfortunately, there are plenty of animals that can get rabies. From dogs, cats, bats, and raccoons, and all the way to foxes, coyotes, and ferrets – they can all become infected with rabies. The disease is lethal, and it can also kill humans if we’re getting bit by an infected animal.

New Haven Register informs that due to the spread of rabies in wildlife from northern Maine, federal health authorities will distribute vaccines in the area. The vaccines will be distributed between August 6 and August 11 by a program belonging to the US Department of Agriculture.

Rabies in raccoons are the most targetted

Communities such as Mars Hill, Houlton, Patten, and others will benefit from the vaccines. The drugs will be distributed over a 2,650-square-mile area.

Credit: Pixabay.com, Gerhard G.
Credit: Pixabay.com, Gerhard G.

Rabies causes inflammation of the brain of its victims, including both animals and humans, if it installs. Among the early symptoms, fever and tingling at the spot of exposure are found. One or more of the following symptoms will kick in afterwards: violent movements, vomiting, nausea, fear of water, loss of consciousness, and more. The final outcome is almost always death. The disease causes roughly 56,000 deaths per year.

One sure way for us humans to stay away from getting infected with rabies is obviously to avoid contact with animals. If they bite you, the chances are great that you’ll get infected as well if the animals were carrying the disease.

There’s no wonder why the authorities are worried. According to the Maine CDC, 37 animals had proven to have rabies this year after the tests. Ten of the 16 counties of Maine have seen cases of the disease.

Surely more areas of the US should benefit from vaccines for rabies, but we’re keeping an eye on the latest news to see what’s coming up next.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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