The Wyoming Department of Health has recorded the states first-ever case of human rabies.
A Fremont County woman is believed to have contracted the virus from the bat. No details regarding her exposure to the infected animals has been released, but Dr. Karl Musgrave, a state public health veterinarian said that rabies is very common in the bars and skunk population in Wyoming.
In fact there are many critters carrying the rabies virus around the country, but there aren’t many people contacting the virus.
Musgrave said, “Across the United States, there are usually only one or two human cases in a year.”
Rabies in Humans
Old Yeller was the first introduction to people regarding the horrifying effects of rabies when left untreated, poor pub has suffered the effects and because of which we have become aware of the havoc which rabies wrecks on animals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, rabies can be found in saliva and nervous system tissue of an infected human and animal and can spread through open wounds, bites and mucous membranes like the eyes and mouth.
Rabies in humans is the next question that arrives. So the early signs may exhibit flu-like symptoms.
If the virus is transmitted by bites, then there may be irritation at the site of the wound, too. After several days, the virus often proves fatal and health deteriorates rapidly with hallucinations, abnormal behavior taking hold, delirium.
Musgrave said, “Unfortunately, rabies is a serious, deadly disease once the illness develops.”
Rabies is curable in humans if proper medical care is taken. Soap and water is the first line of defense after being bitten. Cleansing the affected area reduces the risk of infection. The next step is to seek out medical care to get post-exposure four doses of vaccinations including both the human rabies immune globulin (HRG) and a rabies vaccine over a period of two weeks.
These vaccinations are a necessary rabies treatment even though having been bitten.