Dangerous dog disease that’s deadly to cattle, humans

Dogs waiting to undergo a rabies vaccination in Nyeri. Rabies is found all around the world except in the Antarctica and Australia. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The disease is transmitted through a bite from a rabid animal.
  • The disease is a professional hazard to people handling animals, including veterinarians.
  • Clinical diagnosis of rabies is based on the signs and confirmed in the laboratories by examining brain tissue.
  • For First Aid, wash the wound with plenty of water with a disinfectant.

Rabies is a fatal, viral zoonosis that affects all warm-blooded mammals. The virus is found in the salivary glands, brain and spinal cord of affected mammals.

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