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    Default rabies in SD area...

    hoy reports two separate cases of rabies in children in SD area. one died and the other one is currently in a coma while doctors work on saving his life. he was bitten in october but received no vaccination and now has developed all the symptoms. those who may be familiar with milwaukee protocol know there are only handful of survivors so fingers crossed for the small one.
    here is a link to the story:
    País tiene una epidemia de rabia; SC zona alto riesgo - Hoy Digital

    i wanted to post this as a warning to everyone in the area and maybe in a whole country. if you have cats and dogs that go outside and have contact with other animals - vaccinate them. try to keep them in because they may be killed if they wander about.
    if your child, or yourself, have been bitten or scratched by a dog, cat, or any other small mammal that can spread rabies (bats in particular) seek immediate help and a vaccination. it is no longer painful injection in a stomach so don't worry, it will not hurt.
    you should do it ASAP after being attacked but you have a small window of time to find a vaccine.

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    more on the story from listin diario:
    Un niño de cuatro años padece de rabia humana - listindiario.com

    including a scary part: (...) estudio realizado por el Centro Antirrábico Nacional reveló que el 13 por ciento de los perros realengos en San Cristóbal y Santo Domingo Este dio positivo al virus de la rabia animal.

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    Really? I took a nip on Tuesday while out sterilizing some street dogs (that stuff seems to burn them for a short while), maybe I should get myself off to the docs.

    I don't believe those figures, 13%, (do you?) that is early epidemic stage. If this is the case then they need to get out and get the dogs off the street asap. A cull is in order, although that is a horrible thought here, I imagine they would not be done humanely.

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    i think it's 13% of all the dogs presenting the symptoms that were caught. i presume they were looking specifically for dogs that looked like they might have been affected.

    as far as your case goes: anyone working with homeless animals in DR should get vaccinated. with a follow up booster dose may give rabies immunity for about 10 years. so get yourself going, man

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    I was done last year, I think it was my booster but not sure, in the top of my arse and it did make my toes curl, am I supposed to get another hit every time I take a bite? I think rabies might be less uncomfortable.

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    One or two cases is hardly epidemic. For the past several years, no more than one death per year has been reported in the country. So, one or two cases are still within the expected. Another thing that I find hard to believe is that a person who has been bitten on THE FACE takes 2 moths to present the first symptoms. That would be OK if the bite is on legs or even arms. Usually bites on the head work their way up to the brain much faster than that.
    People need to understand that Centros de Atencion Primaria are better qualified than hospitals to take care of these kind of situations, even though the note says the child received poor treatment at the CAP. I believed it because this is DR, but staff at CAPs are continuously trained to treat and therefore report even suspected cases of a group of diseases, rabies among them.

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    I had a friend whose brother was visiting here in Gazcue a few years back and was essentially attacked by a pack of street dogs at 2AM walking back to her apartment from the casino at the Meliz/Sheraton. He was not given the protocol here but back in the States. The doctors there told him that he should have gone IMMEDIATELY to the doctors here. He had waited a few days.,

    Are the shots still the painful in your stomach ones? That was always the incentive in the States.. well, no. there are no street dogs to speak of in the States .. we have animal control. And if you have a dog, you must have a rabies certificate. I guess that varies state to state.. i only know north carolina and rhode island. That is an aside but I do not want to hijack onto the US policies.

    I know that the project in LT for sterilizing and vacinnating is ongoing.

    Is there an organization that does that here in the Disticto Nacional?

    I would volunteer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Castle View Post
    One or two cases is hardly epidemic.
    No one said that 2 cases was. What was said that if 13% of the street dogs have rabies then it is almost early epidemic. Meaning that if 13 out of every 100 dogs living on the street are ill then that could easily spiral out of control within very short time.

    If this is not the case which I don't believe is, or at least hope not then no, it probably isn't as serious a concern, but still a concern.

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    yes, i also find it strange that a bite in the face, on a small child, took so long to present symptoms. rabies travels very slowly along the nervous system at the rate of 1-2 cm a day which is why it may take many months (sometimes even years) to develop symptoms after initial bite in one of the limbs. but a face? i'm guessing he might have started to present some signs of disease earlier on. normally they are very non specific: fever, weakness, headache, cough. so it might have gone undiagnosed for a number of days.

    in any case, i think his chances are very slim. i understand that only about 5 people have survived rabies through treatment, after the symptoms have appeared.

    give, normal course of rabies vaccine with booster is vaccine today, booster a year later. even without the booster the immunity of vaccine alone is 2 to 3 years, so you should be fine

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    MA, the vaccination now is a shot in the butt. 3 of them: day 0, day 7, day 21 or 28.
    post exposure injections are day 0, day 3, day 7, day 14.

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