Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system of mammals and people, and although it is a condition that cannot be cured, it is possible to prevent it with vaccination.

In the last days, the Institute of Zoonoses of the Province confirmed a case in a bat in the city of Córdoba and carried out the necessary control actions. About, Florence Butler, The head of the institution reported:“The case was detected in a bat found in an apartment in Nueva Córdoba. Fortunately, the animal had no contact with people or other animals there, and we have already carried out the corresponding control actions, with the aim of preventing the appearance of new cases. The referent indicated that the main measure of prevention is to achieve high vaccination coverage in dogs and cats, which must receive the dose every year.

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The rabies virus is present in the saliva of infected animals, which are spread by biting, licking or scratching. The disease is mainly transmitted through dogs, cats and some wild animals such as bats. Worldwide, this disease is responsible for nearly 59,000 human deaths per year. It is estimated that the 99% all rabies transmissions to humans are caused by accidents with dogs.

Symptoms

In Dogs and cats, the symptoms that appear are behavior change (aggression), excessive salivation, inability to drink water or swallow food, progressive paralysis, and finally death. In bats, daytime activity and difficulty flying, for which many times they can be found on the floor, dying.

If bats are found fallen or dying must Avoid direct contact with the animal. In the case of having adequate security measures to capture it, it should be brought closer to the Institute of Zoonoses of Córdoba so that it can be analyzed. Otherwise, you have to call environmental patrol for collection (contact phone: 0351 4344163/64).

What to do in case of potentially rabies accidents?

In the event of bites, scratches and/or licks on the mucous membranes of a domestic or wild animal, it is important to follow these three steps to act quickly and prevent infection:

1. Clean the wound with plenty of soap and water

2. Go immediately to a clinic so that they can evaluate whether it is necessary to perform sutures, administer antibiotics or administer a tetanus and rabies vaccine.

3. Communicate to the Institute of Zoonoses within 48 hours of the accident to carry out the mandatory rabies observation of the biting animal. In the event that the animal cannot be observed (wild animal or domestic animal that has died or disappeared), the health personnel will establish the scheme of post-exposure vaccination correspondent. In the institution, the free and free vaccination of dogs and cats. The rabies vaccine in animals should be administered once a year, starting at three months of age.

The address of the Institute is Santiago Caceres 1885, Cáceres neighborhood., and is attended from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They can also communicate during the same hours by telephone at line 0351 4344112/13 or by e-mail at [email protected]