Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Deadly Ebola Virus Is Found in Liberian Bat, Researchers Say Supported by Long a suspected source of the virus, bats had not been confirmed as carriers of the lethal disease before. The discovery could help scientists learn more about how the virus infects humans. ByDenise Grady Jan. 24, 2019 For the first time, the type of deadly Ebola virus responsible for recent epidemics in West and Central Africa has been found in a bat, Liberian health officials announced on Thursday. Scientists have long suspected that bats were a natural host of Ebola and a source of some human infections, but until now they had not found any bats that harbored the epidemic species, known as Zaire ebolavirus. Although the bat was found in Liberia, the country has not had any human cases of Ebola since 2016, and the bat was not … [Read more...] about Deadly Ebola Virus Is Found in Liberian Bat, Researchers Say
Which bats carry rabies
RABIES is a rare but serious infection of the brain and nerves, and is often caught from a bite or scratch by an infected animal. Here’s the lowdown on this deadly illness. What is rabies? Rabies is a serious infection of the brain and nervous system. It is caught when a human is bitten or scratched by an infected animal – often a dog. The infection is rife worldwide, predominantly found in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. In the UK, it is not found anywhere except in a small number of wild bats. Once symptoms develop, the illness is almost always fatal. However, treatment before symptoms develop can be effective. There are vaccines available for those who are considered at risk of contracting it. How do you catch rabies? All mammals (including monkeys) can carry rabies, but it's most common in: dogs bats raccoons foxes jackals cats mongooses They can spread the infection if they bite or scratch you. In rare cases, you can also catch it an infected animal … [Read more...] about What are the first symptoms of rabies in humans? Can you be vaccinated, how is it caught and what is the treatment?
A USDA helicopter takes off Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's Lovell Field in Chattanooga, Tenn., to distribute baited packets of rabies vaccine. The USDA is spending several days dropping bait-coated packets of rabies vaccine from a helicopter across Hamilton and Bradley Counties to combat rabies in raccoons. A USDA helicopter takes off Tuesday, Oct. 22,... Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press. RABIES FACTS Any mammal can get rabies. The most common wild reservoirs of rabies are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes. Domestic mammals like cats, cattle and dogs are the most frequently reported household animals to get rabies.The rabies virus is transmitted through saliva or brain or nervous system tissue. Rabies can be contracted only by coming in contact with these specific bodily excretions and tissues.If exposed, wash wounds immediately with soap and water. If attacked by an animal see a doctor, who will decide if a … [Read more...] about Rabies vaccine baits to be dropped across region in coming weeks
Health Rabies Maine A five-year-old girl was among four people tested for rabies after a fox attack in Brunswick, Maine, on Friday. The girl’s mother, Brooke Pisarsky, was also bitten she fought the rabid animal off her daughter, NECN reported. What is believed to be the same fox had already attacked her neighbor's chickens, dog and his daughter’s boyfriend. It then ran up to another woman, leaving her scratched and bruised. On Tuesday, Brunswick councilor Mark Waltz confirmed tests results by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the fox had rabies, The Times Record reported. Recommended Slideshows 51 50 Healthy Foods That Are Secretly Unhealthy 51 50 Facts About the Human Body You Probably Didn't Know 51 Is It Dangerous to Wake Up a Sleepwalker? 50 Health Myths You Should Stop Believing Stock image: a fox searches for food. On Friday, four people were bitten by a rabid fox in Maine. Getty … [Read more...] about What are the Symptoms of Rabies? Rabid Fox Bites Five-Year-Old Girl and Three Others in Maine
The word is enough to strike fear in the heart of any animal lover. Rabies, though rare, leads to a horrible death if left untreated. The incidence of rabies has dramatically dropped in the United States over the past 100 years, but the threat still exists here at home as well as for those who travel abroad. In fact, earlier this year, a 6-year-old Florida boy died from rabies after being scratched by infected bat. The boy's father washed the wound thoroughly but didn't take the boy to the hospital because he cried when he was told he would get shots, according to reports. The child developed symptoms a week later and soon died. In March, a coyote that tested positive for rabies bit 8 people in suburban Westchester, New York, before being shot and killed by police. Everyone who had been exposed in this case received preventive treatment and there were no fatalities. Several state health departments warn that summer is peak season for rabies, as warm weather and outdoor … [Read more...] about Summer is peak rabies season. Here’s what you need to know