Rabies is a viral disease transmitted from the saliva of the rabid animal. There are several ways the virus can be transmitted from the infected animal to a human. One way is by direct contact such as through a bite. Another is by indirect contact such as exposure of the saliva to open wounds or by touching the mucous itself.
Rabies is usually carried by animals from the wild but in some cases, it is transferred to domesticated pets or to humans. In Canada, most common carriers of the virus are the common wildlife inhabitants that roam your neighbourhood like skunks, raccoons and bats.
How does the rabies virus endanger its carrier?
The virus infects the brain and damages it over time, which leads to physiological imbalance in the infected animals. These result to erratic behaviour and restlessness. Wild animals infected with the virus become aggressive and are no longer scared of human presence. This only means one thing: if you encounter a rabid animal, it may not it won’t back away. It might even chase and attack you.
What can rabies do to humans?
A person who is infected by rabies will experience weakness, headache and fever at the onset. The victim will then feel unusual sensations at the site of the bite, excessive salivating and hydrophobia or fear of water. If left untreated, the virus becomes fatal as it attacks the central nervous system and can eventually lead to coma and death.
What measures can I do to remove the dangers caused by rabies?
According to the World Health Organization, rabies is vaccine-preventable disease. If you have pets at home, make sure that you have them vaccinated on a regular basis.
Also, avoid attracting wild animals to your home. Seal your garbage cans to prevent skunks and raccoons from foraging at night. Close off possible entrances in your house that bats may gain access to. These measures will minimize your exposure to the carriers of the rabies virus.
If you see wild animals lurking around your house especially in daytime and they are acting unusual, lock your doors and any entry points they may use to enter your house. Call wildlife control professionals immediately. Do not engage the animal as you will only make yourself a very vulnerable target for a possibly rabid animal. Wildlife control professionals are more than capable of executing safe removal of these rabid animals. These animal control experts are well equipped, with both knowledge and equipment to do the removal job efficiently and safely for homeowners.
Rabies is completely preventable and you can limit the risk it poses by making your home wildlife-free. Wildlife control services like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control are experts in removing these nuisance wildlife from your property. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been in the business for more than two decades and has helped safeguard homes from the dangers caused by rabid wildlife.