Do You Need A Rabies Vaccine After A Cat Bite And A Cat Dies?
Hello, have a question. My son about 3 weeks ago was bitten by a wild cat. The wound is only small. The next day I took it to the doctor and the doctor gave antibiotic ointment. Since being bitten by junior high school, there is no fever at all and the wound is gone. But the cat died 2 days ago. Do I need rabies vaccine for my child? thanks.
Rabies is a lyssaviruses virus infection that is caused by animal bites, especially mammals, which, apart from being caused by dogs, can also be caused by bites and scratches from other animals such as cats or monkeys. If after being exposed or bitten by an animal, it is necessary to handle it by cleaning the wound and administering antiseptic to sterilize the wound. If you feel that you have the potential for contracting rabies but the wound is low risk, then you should do prophylaxis with anti-rabies vaccine and if it is further or has a high risk wound, then you will be given rabies vaccination and anti-rabies serum. Vaccines are given 4 times if you have never been vaccinated before and 2 times if you have received rabies vaccine before.
If the wound is low risk, there are no symptoms of rabies infection and the animal remains healthy for 10-14 days then no anti-rabies vaccine is needed, but if it dies from a rabies-like cause for no other reason then an anti-rabies vaccine is necessary and ideally the dead animal is subjected to specimen examination his brain in the lab where if negative from rabies then the vaccine can be stopped. For this you can also consult and have your child checked by a surgeon for more.
Rabies itself can cause several symptoms such as high fever, itching sensation in the infected area, changes in behavior such as confusion, irritability, nausea and vomiting, headaches, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping and others accompanied by hydrophobia or fear of water. Whereas in the animal itself, there was a change in behavior where it became more aggressive, attacked anything, experienced paralysis accompanied by visible foam out of the mouth like choking and then the animal died then brain specimen sampling was carried out to determine whether it was positive for rabies.
May be useful,
dr. Adhi P.