REPORT THIS DISEASE TO COBB & DOUGLAS PUBLIC HEALTH
AT: 770-514-2432

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WHAT IS IT?

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals transmitted in the saliva of an infected animal. It is transmitted when the infected animal bites another mammal. Rabies in humans is 100% preventable by vaccination. In the United States, the rabies virus is mostly transmitted by wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Rabies is endemic in Georgia.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Slight/Partial Paralysis
  • Excitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Hyper-salivation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fear of water

Rabies infection varies but symptoms usually begin 1 to 3 months after being bitten. Death usually occurs 2 to 10 days after the onset of these symptoms. At this point rabies is nearly always fatal. Treatment is typically supportive.

HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?

Report the bite/exposure to animal control. The animal will undergo a 10-day quarantine, if it can be located, to determine if Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis (P