A UK-based Nigerian Medical Doctor, Harvey Olufunmilayo has said people should stay away from dogs they know nothing about as rabies has no cure.
According to him, rabies is mostly spread to human through bites or scratches, usually via saliva by un-vaccinated animals is a deadly infection of the brain and nerves
Dr Olufunmilayo stated this in a series of tweets on his verified and official twitter account.
See his tweets below…
This is Rabies. Rabies is real. Rabies is VERY DEADLY. It is caused by a terrible virus that infects a person through the bite of animals like dogs. That’s why people should vaccinate their pets and keep them confined. Rabies has no cure. And once diagnosed, IT IS VERY FATAL.
This is Rabies.
Rabies is real. Rabies is VERY DEADLY.
It is caused by a terrible virus that infects a person through the bite of animals like dogs.
That’s why people should vaccinate their pets and keep them confined.
Rabies has no cure.
And once diagnosed, IT IS VERY FATAL. https://t.co/O5Tyqt949s
— OurFavOnlineDoctor 💘 🥳 (@DrOlufunmilayo) June 9, 2019
Rabies is a very deadly infection of the brain and nerves. It can be gotten through the saliva or bites of animals like dogs, foxes, bats, rats, raccoons or coyotes. However worldwide 99% of rabies victims were bitten by a stray dog. IF YOU SEE A DOG YOU DONT KNOW, STAY AWAY.
The animal does NOT have to bite you to give you rabies. If the infected animal scratches you, or they lick an open wound on your body somewhere, or their saliva gets into your mouth/eyes, you can get Rabies. NEVER PLAY WITH A PET Except you do know the owner has vaccinated it.
The symptoms of Rabies usually start between 3-12weeks If a person reports being bitten by a dog and gets treatment BEFORE the symptoms start, they have higher chances of survival. But ONCE SYMPTOMS start, the chances of survival are very slim. And it kills almost every victim.
What happens is that people get bitten by a dog and they just overlook the event and report to nobody. They just continue with their lives. But actually you MUST report an animal bite to the hospital and get IMMEDIATE treatment. Especially if it is a dog that is a stray dog.
When you report at the hospital, you will need to get treatment- 1. An immunoglobulin for short term protection. 2. A course of 4 rabies vaccine over the period of a month (if you never had the vaccine before). So IF a stray dog bites you, GO TO A HOSPITAL. Your life is at risk.
The ideal thing is that within a few hours of being bitten, you should report at the hospital and commence treatment. However, do NOT delay more than a day to have yourself treated. The longer you take to start treatment, the more significant harm you are exposing yourself to.
IF you live in a place where there’s a lot of stray dogs, cats, rats and all sorts of animals like in Nigeria, GO AND COLLECT THE RABIES VACCINE. It is for your protection against the day you mistakenly get bitten by a stray dog. The vaccine helps prepare your body to fight it.
The mistake we make is we assume that “a dog can never bite me”. Don’t be too sure. It just may happen in one unfortunate circumstance. Getting the vaccine now BEFORE the bite happens is recommended and advisable. Go to any private or public hospital around you and ask for it.
I don’t know if the price is cheap or if the vaccine is free. Please don’t ask me questions about that. The only thing I can guarantee you is that you are BETTER OFF with having a Rabies Vaccine NOW than wait till a dog bites you. That dog bite can actually lead to your death.
What are the symptoms of Rabies? It takes 3weeks to 3months for the symptoms to show after a bite. It may be earlier or later in some people. It includes very high fever, feeling unwell and anxious. Then few days later, confusion, aggression, hallucinations, muscle spasms, and inability to move, difficulty breathing and difficulty swallowing. Because it’s an infection that attacks the brain, as the brain gets inflamed, you see a lot of this neurological signs- part of which may manifest as “barking like a dog” which is now synonymous to having rabies.
But again, ONCE THE PERSON SHOWS SYMPTOMS, the chances of survival are almost zero. Even in the US and UK with the best medical facilities and intensive care units. It’s almost a downhill to death from there. That’s why there’s a lot of awareness on everyone getting the vaccine.
Final thoughts on this topic- Vaccinate yourself. If you have pets, be decent enough to vaccinate them to protect yourself and others. Report stray dogs- if your country has such an avenue to do it. Stay away from stray animals or any pet that you are not sure of its vaccination.