Child Bitten By Bat Develops Rabies – Officials Start Investigating

Child Bitten By Bat Develops Rabies – Officials Start Investigating
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It’s awful for a child to develop rabies after being bitten by a bat. But it happened so with a young resident of Medina County, and the health officials of Texas initiated an investigation, as abc13.com reveals for us.

The child in question is currently being treated in a hospital. Public health officials also contacted all of the persons who were potentially exposed to the event, whether they might have come in contact with the bat or the child.

How can you get rabies

Rabies is usually transmitted from animals to humans when the latter are bitten. The transmission is also possible if fluids containing the disease will enter the person’s nose, mouth, a opened wound, or even through the eyes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informs us that any mammal has the potential to get us infected with rabies. However, the most common species, in this case, are bats, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Unfortunately, the domestic animals that are considered our best friends can also have the potential of giving us rabies. On this list, we can consider dogs, cats, and even cattle.

The CDC also gives very important advice that we should all take into account:

You should seek medical evaluation for any animal bite. One important factor in deciding if you should have postexposure prophylaxis will be if the animal can be found and held for observation.

There’s no fooling around when it comes to rabies, that’s for sure. Here is what WebMD.com has to say about the disease:

Human cases of the virus are extremely rare in the United States, but if it’s not treated before symptoms appear, it’s deadly. Rabies has the highest mortality rate — 99.9% — of any disease on earth. The key is to get treated right away if you think you’ve been exposed to an animal that has rabies.

Regardless of how big animal lovers we are, caution should always be the main factor that guides our understanding of the world.

 

 


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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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