Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis in warm-blooded animals. The disease is zoonotic, meaning it can be transmitted from one species to another, such as from dogs to humans, commonly by a bite from an infected animal.
For a human, rabies is almost invariably fatal if post-exposure prophylaxis is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The rabies virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. The incubation period of the disease is usually a few months in humans, depending on the distance the virus must travel to reach the central nervous system. Once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is virtually untreatable and usually fatal within days. - Wikipedia
|Jiggly takes a break from leg nipping for a photo opp. ^^|
Though convinced that Jiggly's "clean" plus my pocket's not too happy to shell out moolah haha, I decided to have myself vaccinated with anti-rabies just to be sure.
It took me 5 days before I was able to go to an animal bite clinic (Heaven Animal Bite Clinic located in San Mateo, Rizal). To my surprise, there were lots of patients even though it was already evening. I didn't realize until then how animal bite could be very widespread.
Since the "bite" took place on the 23rd of June, I was given until the 8th of July to monitor Jiggly. If he dies (oh no!), then that's a definite sign of rabies so I need to complete 5 rounds of anti-rabies shot. If he remains healthy, which I fervently pray, then I could relax and stop at the 3rd round of vaccine.
UPDATE (July 8, 2013) JIGGLY IS VERY MUCH ALIVE AND KICKIN'!:D Guess I'm spared from the wrath of rabies. Thank you Lord!:D
At the clinic, I was handed a sheet of paper with some guidelines which I would like to share to everyone:
WHAT TO DO DURING THE VACCINATION PERIOD:
A. About the Animal
1. Monitor the animal for 14 days from the day of the bite.
2. DON’T KILL THE ANIMAL IF IT IS STILL HEALTHY.
3. Behaviors to observe which often indicate the presence of rabies in the animal:
* Suddenly become restless and agitated * Suddenly becomes aggressive; bites on anything (In my case, this isn't valid because Jiggly has been like that ever since haha) * Runs around without direction; excessive drooling and foaming in the mouth * Has difficulty in eating and drinking water
4. If the animal dies during the observation period, bring its head immediately to any laboratory for rabies test.
= RITM Animal Laboratory [Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Telephone No. (02) 807 -2628]
= Bureau of Animal Industry [Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Q.C.; Telephone No. (02) 926-8071]
= San Lazaro Hospital Rabies Unit [Quiricada St. Sta. Cruz, Manila; Telephone No. (02) 732-3776]
5. If the animal gets sick during the observation period, bring it immediately to the nearest veterinary clinic.
B. About the Person
1. As much as possible, avoid alcoholic drinks, steroids and medicine for malaria.
2. For those vaccinated with ERIG and ATS, avoid chicken, egg, crab, shrimp, shrimp paste, fish sauce, fish and food with preservatives such as tocino, longganisa etc.
3. The skin area where vaccine [Equine Rabies Immunoglobulin (ERIG)*/ Human Rabies Immunoglobulin (HRIG)*/ Anti Tetanus Serum (ATS)/ Tetanus Toxoid/ Purified Vero Rabies Vaccine(PVRV)*] was injected may appear red, swollen, and could be itchy right after vaccination. It could be covered with warm towel for the symptoms to subside.
*Types of Anti-Rabies Vaccine --- It's best to consult a doctor to gain further understanding on what each one is. It was made clear by my doctor though, the type of anti-rabies vaccine initially injected should also be the same as the succeeding shots during the vaccination period. No mixing.
4. If fever occurs after receiving the anti-rabies shot, paracetamol may be taken as medicine.
5. Consult the doctor if after vaccination, any of the following condition is experienced: extreme itchiness, redness/rashes spreading from the vaccinated skin area to the whole body, difficulty in breathing and continuous fever.
6. The schedule of vaccination must be strictly followed. In case of failure to do so, it is important to call or visit the clinic as soon as possible to know the next course of action to take. Always bring the Vaccination Schedule Card.
Going back to Jiggly, yes, he is currently under observation but I am very confident that he will make it through the 8th of July. And I won't have to worry about...err...dying LOL! Because as I look intently at our little furball now, he's still the same adorable, playful and "nippy" puppy that he is...well, so far.:DDD