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Where Do You Find Rabies?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Apr 8 ·
Where Do You Find Rabies

Did you know that rabies is the cause of about 59,000 deaths worldwide? Unfortunately, about 90% of human exposure to rabies and about 99% of human deaths from rabies has been caused by rabid dogs. But rabies isn’t everywhere in the world. So, let’s talk about rabies in dogs worldwide and where you can typically find the disease.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of dogs, cats, humans, and many other mammals. The disease spreads throughout the brain and the spinal cord when this happens.

Unfortunately, rabies is incurable. However, it can be treated if it’s caught early enough. Otherwise, it can be fatal.

Rabies can be found in domesticated animals, such as dogs or cats, wild animals, and humans.

It’s spread due to saliva. So, if a rabid dog bites you or another animal, rabies gets into the bloodstream of the one bitten, thus passing on rabies. Alternatively, if you have an open wound and a rabid dog licks it, rabies can get into the bloodstream that way as well. 

Where Do You Find Rabies And What Are the Symptoms of Rabies in Dogs?

Dogs will experience many symptoms within the first three days of being bitten. For example, they may have:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in bark
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Shyness
  • Vomiting

If they have furious rabies, then they may also experience the following:

  • Aggression (toward people, other animals, and inanimate objects)
  • Extreme excitability
  • Hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Inability to eat or drink
  • Paralysis
  • Pica (excessive appetite for non-edible items)
  • Seizures

On the other hand, if they have paralytic rabies, then their symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dropped jaw
  • Excessive salivation
  • Facial distortion
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Lack of coordination
  • Progressive paralysis
  • Seizures

What Are the Symptoms of Rabies in Humans?

Within the first three days of getting bit, you may experience flu-like symptoms. For example, you might get a fever, have muscle weakness, tingling, or burning near the bite spot.

Where Do You Find Rabies

After that, you’ll experience the following if you have furious rabies:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Excessive salivation
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Problems swallowing
  • Fear of water

If you have paralytic rabies, you’ll slowly become paralyzed before going into a coma. Unfortunately, death will soon follow.

Where Do You Find Rabies?

This disease can be found in many parts of the world, including North America, Central, and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and some parts of Europe.

The rabies vaccination for dogs is 100% effective against the disease. This is why it’s important to get your dog vaccinated as soon as possible.

Also, in most areas of the world, having your dog vaccinated for rabies is a legal requirement. 

Where Do You Find Rabies? Are There Parts of the World That Don’t Have Rabies?

Luckily, there are some parts of the world that that rabies-free. These areas include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Ireland, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Antarctica, certain Pacific Islands, and parts of Scandinavia.

How Can You Prevent Rabies From Spreading?

The best way to stop the disease from spreading is to ensure your pets are vaccinated for rabies. Also, make sure to stay away from wild animals bats, and keep an eye on your pets when you’re out and about.

If you suspect that a wild animal bit your dog, you should immediately bring them to the vet.

On the other hand, if you’ve been bitten, go to your doctor as soon as possible. You’ll be able to get a series of five shots within two weeks to stave off the infection.

One of the ways that the world protects itself from getting rabies into its area is to ensure that all animals are vaccinated with the rabies shot.

Where Do You Find Rabies

When traveling with your pets from one country to another (or even from state to state), you’ll need a health certificate for your dog. This certificate will be proof that your dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

If you fly on an airplane with your pup, you’ll also need to show the airline that your dog has been vaccinated for rabies. Even though they’ll be in a carrier the entire flight, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This is how other areas of the world protect themselves from spreading rabies further or from not having rabies in their country.

If your dog isn’t vaccinated upon arrival at a new place, it may be sent home. Or, they’ll have you visit a vet right away and get your dog vaccinated as soon as possible. Your dog might even have to quarantine to be on the safe side.

Rabies Can Be Anywhere

Even though the disease isn’t in all parts of the world, you still need to be careful. It’s easy to spread rabies, and it’s not so easy to see the symptoms right away. So, do your part, and get your pup vaccinated. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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