A Virginia woman died from rabies after being bitten by a dog while she was away at a yoga retreat. The incident took place in India and the woman did not realize that the dog was infected by the deadly virus, reports The Mirror.
Weeks after the dog bite, the woman began to experience symptoms which her doctors did not trace back to rabies…only after she revealed where she had been, and what had happened, was the correct diagnosis finally made. Unfortunately, it was too late – once symptoms are present, the disease is almost 100 percent fatal.
Many other countries do not have the same strict rabies vaccination laws that are present in the United States – something that world travelers should be aware of. People who choose to travel abroad should consider getting a rabies vaccination before they embark on their trip. According to Passport Health, a rabies vaccination should be received at least 28 days before your trip – two booster vaccines are required within 28 days of the first shot.
What to watch for
Anyone who may have been exposed to rabies should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Potential symptoms of the deadly virus include:
- itching or prickling sensation around the bite
- hallucinations, delirium, anxiety
Again – once the symptoms are present, the disease is almost always fatal. It is crucial to immediately seek medical attention if you are in an area where the risk of rabies contraction is high. Areas where rabies is likely to be contracted include:
- Central America (especially Mexico and Nicaragua)
- Southern Asia
- South America (Peru, Brasil, Ecuador)
- Eastern Europe
Learn more here.
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