Recently, at the Minnesotta Zoo, a 9 year old girl was bitten by a meerkat. This resulted in the zoo having to 'put down' three of them. This story got me interested in the effects of rabies. If you would like to know about another story about the impact of rabies, visit RABIES OUTBREAK

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why does rabies hurt us?

posted on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 7:33pm
Elisabeth's picture
Elisabeth says:

Rabies is a harmful viral disease. Usually humans get rabies from a bite from an infected animal. Rabies affects an individual’s central nervous system. The virus spreads from your muscles to your peripheral nerves to your spinal cord and brain. Mayo Clinic described numerous symptoms including flu-like signs and symptoms, convulsions, hallucinations, paralysis or breathing failure leading to death once infection is established. To make a long story short, if in doubt about an animal bite seek treatment immediately!

posted on Wed, 08/09/2006 - 8:59pm
Isabelle's picture
Isabelle says:


posted on Tue, 08/15/2006 - 2:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how do animals even get rabies??

posted on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 10:41am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous systems of humans and other mammals. It's transmitted when an infected animal bites another one, or (much more rarely) when something like saliva from an infected animal comes in direct contact with another animal's eye, nose, mouth, or open wound. Wild mammals, especially raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats, are "reservoirs" for the virus.

(A reservoir is any person, animal, arthropod, plant, soil, or substance (or any combination of those) in which an infectious agent generally lives and multiplies, on which it depends for survival, and where it reproduces itself in such a way that it can be transmitted to a susceptible host.)

Once a person or animal shows signs of rabies, the disease is fatal. But tens of thousands of people are successfully treated each year after being bitten by potentially rabid animals.

posted on Thu, 04/12/2007 - 3:24pm

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