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What You Need to Know About Rabies and Missouri Animal Attacks

Being the victim of a dog bite, or bite from a wild animal, can be frightening. What's worse is if the animal has rabies.

What Is Rabies?

The word literally means “madness” in Latin. This disease attacks the central nervous system, and if not treated in a timely manner can cause brain damage, paralysis, and eventually death. Animals infected with the disease do act aggressive, even attacking other animals or people for no apparent reason.

How Is Rabies Contracted?

Rabies can be transmitted through saliva. Humans most often contract it through a bite from an infected (and therefore likely aggressive) animal. An animal frothing at the mouth is an almost sure sign of rabies.

What Animals Carry Rabies?

Any animal can carry rabies. Dogs are not the biggest culprits of the disease in the United States. In fact, dogs are so well vaccinated in our country that even cats are more likely to have rabies than a domesticated dog.

Wild animals were the source of 92 percent of all reported cases of rabies in the U.S. in 2010.

Raccoons are the most likely to have rabies, but bats are the biggest culprits for transmitting the deadly disease to humans, at nearly 75 percent.

Can Rabies Be Cured?

Cured, no. Prevented, yes. Once rabies reaches the central nervous system, it's too late for the victim. That's why it's crucial that you see a doctor immediately after any bite from a wild animal or an animal that was behaving strangely.

If there is any concern that you have had contact with an infected animal, doctors will most likely err on the side of caution and begin preventive treatment immediately.

When To Call a Missouri Dog Bite Lawyer

If you've been the victim of any animal attack, you should talk to an experienced Missouri animal attack attorney to see if you have the right to sue for compensation. You may if, for example, the bite came from a wild animal that was being kept as a pet or a dog that had an outdated rabies vaccination.

For more information or to obtain a free copy of The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer, call Alvin Wolff, Jr., at 877-241-1020.