Chances Are That A 6 Year Old Has Rabies After Being Bitten By A Dog?
Hello … Last year right in March my 6 year old son was bitten by my pet dog, but the dog is still alive. Is my child infected with rabies or not a doctor?
Hello Ardy good evening, thanks for the question
Rabies is an acute infection in
the central nervous system due to the rabies virus through the bite of an animal transmitting the rabies virus including dogs, cats, monkeys, bats, ferrets, and wolves. Transmission of the rabies virus to humans comes from animal saliva that enters through bites, or licks on blisters or blisters
mucous / mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose, anus, genitals).
If there is a history of bites or small wounds caused by bites by animals that are in good health and rabies immunization is guaranteed, then there is no need to administer an anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) immediately. However, it is necessary to observe the condition of the biting animal for 14 days. If during the observation period the animal is still in a healthy condition then the victim who is bitten does not need to get a VAR injection. But if the animal dies during the observation period, the victim must get a VAR.
If the wound is classified as severe (multiple injuries include facial, head, neck, toes, fingers) then a VAR and SAR (anti rabies serum) are given. Provision of VAR and SAR is stopped if during the observation period the animal is in good health.
Rabies symptoms usually appear around 4-12 weeks after the victim is bitten by an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, muscle weakness, or tingling. In this case the possibility of contracting rabies is very small, especially if the victim does not experience any complaints. But if in doubt should do an examination with a doctor. It is also important to do rabies immunization on your pet.
That's all, hope you can help
Wassalam, Dr. Farah