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Watch For These Common Signs of Rabies After a Missouri Animal Attack

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Mar 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

It's just a small bite. Why worry?

Usually there's no reason to worry if you've been the victim of a dog bite in Missouri. However, if a wild animal or an unknown dog has bitten you, it pays to be overly cautious.

Why? One word: rabies. If you were infected, this potentially fatal disease must be caught within the first two days of a bite in order to be prevented. For that reason, it's extremely important that you see a doctor immediately after any contact with a potentially rabies-infected animal.

While the infection itself starts to work early, the actual symptoms may take weeks to appear in a human. Even then, the early signs may easily be mistaken for the flu:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Itching or “prickly” feeling at the bite site

Once the signs of rabies appear, a cure is rarely possible. The fatal disease spreads rapidly, lasting less than two weeks. The acute advanced signs of rabies include:

  • Trouble swallowing, which leads to the visible foaming at the mouth
  • Confusion
  • Agitation or aggressive behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal behaviors and fears
  • Hallucinations or delirium
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Eventually, paralysis and then death

If you have been the victim of a Missouri animal attack or dog bite, you should see a doctor immediately. Being cautious could save a life.

For more information regarding animal attacks and your rights, talk to an experienced St. Louis dog bite attorney at 877-241-1020. When you set up your appointment, don't forget to request a free copy of The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer.

About the Author

Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...

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