Just think about one bite from simple pets that could potentially turn your kids into a monster called a Rabies Baby — sounds like the beginning of some scary film, but, tragically, rabies is becoming more and more prevalent in the U.S. every day. This week we look at some of the reasons behind the rise in the number of cases as babies and people of all ages have been struck down with rabies throughout the country.
The Unavoidable Emergence of Rabies Cases In All Age Groups In The U.S
The purpose of this article is to shed light on the changing circumstances and emphasize the necessity of heightened awareness and preventive actions.
An animal bite or scratch mainly causes rabies, an illness. Due to this, the immune system reacts and triggers inflammation in the brain. This inflammation leads to symptoms. Lead to death if not treated. Rabies is rare but fatal since when people show signs they usually die.
Factors Contributing To The Increase
1. Unvaccinated Animals;
One of the factors contributing to the increase in rabies cases is the lack of vaccinated animals in specific regions. Some communities in which pet owners live do not take the time to keep pets current with their shots. This mistake inadvertently puts them and their families at risk of being infected with rabies. This is something of significant importance for all pets. So, to prevent contagion, we need to educate and motivate pets’ vaccination activities.
Growing urbanization and encroachments on natural habitat means people are finding themselves closer to nature than ever before. It puts people much closer to strange animals, leading to an increased chance of close contact with potentially rabid creatures. The danger, though, is if people aren’t aware and are scared or don’t realize an animal is nearby, especially at night. Some things can be done through education on wildlife and how to deal with those animals when they show up.
3. Lax Animal Control;
Rabies is becoming a problem because we do not have adequate animal control measures. As well as weak or poorly enforced systems to control the spread of stray animals, there is also insufficient regulation on pet ownership, leading to more animals that could carry rabies coming into contact with children or grown-ups. Toughening up animal controls and introducing more rigorous pet ownership laws might well be part of the solution to halting the disease’s transmission.
4. Declining Awareness;
Years of successful mass vaccination programs against rabies have reduced knowledge of the dangers of the disease among the population. Because people fail to recognize the warning signs, they could become complacent about taking precautions, exposing themselves and others to more infections. Programs must be strengthened to raise awareness about the seriousness of rabies and the need for vaccination.
Prevention and Safeguarding Efforts:
1. Vaccination Campaigns;
Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be spread through direct contact with infected animals and can result in lethal infection if left untreated. Public awareness campaigns of the dangers of rabies must be undertaken in fighting against increasing numbers. The intensified campaign should aim to create greater public awareness promoting the importance of vaccinating pet dogs as well as free-roaming canines whose education focuses on demonstrating how getting vaccinated is the best defense against rabies.
2. Responsible Pet Ownership:
Educating about and promoting responsible pet-owning behavior is critical (as is the importance of spaying and neutering pets and having them vaccinated appropriately). This includes education for owners on why they should vaccinate their animals as well as the enforcement of leash laws and keeping animals in while unattended. Moreover, promoting periodic health examinations helps to detect possible causes of rabies at an initial stage.
3. Stricter Animal Control Measures: Strengthening local regulation on pet control including required pet registration, higher fines against dogs without vaccination, and monitoring stray dogs may contribute to reducing rabies risk from spreading inside communities.
4. Public Education and Awareness:
Rebooting a public education program to distribute critical information on rabies should be key. Through collaboration with education institutions and community/health centers across all districts of the U.S., we would educate everyone on the importance of learning and taking necessary measures for rabies prevention.
Surely, as is this spike in the number of rabies cases across the U.S. with people from both babyhood to adulthood being affected. But with actions like encouraging accountable pet possession, severe animal management practices, and better instructional campaigns. We can battle the unfolding of this lethal illness.
Together, we can make a safe community for us, our family, friends, and loved ones (and their dogs) to bid bye-bye to the age of the Rabies Babies and welcome a world without fear of rabies.
Business8 years ago
Winston-Salem’s Stu Epperson Expands Right Wing Media Machine
Columns7 years ago
Captured & Tortured by ISIS- On the Ground in a War Zone
Colleges & Univ7 years ago
Celebrating our Neighbors: Awards, Recognition and New Leadership
Business7 years ago
Looking for a job? Check out these local job fairs
Columns7 years ago
Thorezine- Twitter is the Devil
Arts & Entertainment7 years ago
Celebrate Historic Preservation Month with events around the county
Community7 years ago
The Winston-Salem Foundation Announces May Community Grants
Local Interest8 years ago
UPDATED: Winston-Salem Wal-Mart Robbed at Gunpoint