Rabies vaccine symptoms and treatment

Rabies vaccine symptoms and treatment

  Rabies Information: Key Facts RxDx Vaccines Treatment Symptoms Key Facts: Dogs continue to be the main carrier of rabies in Africa and Asia and are responsible for most of the human rabies deaths worldwide. Humans most often become infected with rabies through the bite or scratch of an infected dog or cat. Rabies is widely distributed across the globe. It is a virus that is transmitted to humans from animals. More than 55 000 people die of rabies each year. About 95% of human deaths occur in Asia and Africa. Most human deaths follow a bite from an infected dog. 30% – 60% of victims of dog bites are children under the age of 15. Wound cleansing and immunizations, done as soon as possible after suspect contact with an animal and following WHO recommendations, can prevent the onset of rabies in virtually 100% of exposures. Once the signs and symptoms of rabies start to appear, there is no treatment and the disease is almost always fatal. RxDx has two vaccines available: Rabipur Verorab Both of these vaccines can be given: As immunizations to patients to help protect against rabies infection in the future As vaccination after a bite, scratch or lick from a wild animal. What’s the advantage of being immunized against rabies? Being vaccinated simplifies treatment by eliminating the need for rabies immune globulin and decreasing the number of doses of vaccine needed after an exposure. This is important because many people at high risk may be working in areas where they may not be able to get immediate medical attention, or where immunizing products are not...