It’s Possible To Get Rabies After Being Bitten By A Dog A Few Years Ago?
I want to ask, about 9 years ago I was bitten by a dog and not injected, and the dog died of old age. Am I at risk for rabies?
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Rabies is an infectious disease caused by the rabies virus attacking the brain and nerves. The virus is transmitted from animal bites of dogs, cats, monkeys and bats that contain saliva in the saliva virus. The virus will enter the patient's body, then the patient experiences an incubation period for 3-12 Weeks. The incubation period is the time from the bite of a rabies animal to cause symptoms.
So, if you have been bitten by an animal suspected of being rabies since 9 years ago and so far have no symptoms at all, it is certain that the animal that bites at that time does not contain the rabies virus.
In addition, animals suspected of containing rabies are animals that during observation, which is 14 days, died suddenly.
However, if you are a high risk group for rabies, you should get a vaccination for the rabies virus. Meanwhile, groups that are high risk, namely:
1. Living in an area that is easily reached by wild animals.
2. Work as a hunter.
3. Frequent activities in the wild, such as mountaineers, campers and others.
4. Work as an animal medical specialist.
5. Living in an area that is difficult to get rabies vaccine.
Thus hopefully useful.