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Rabies is a serious infection that can be contracted by humans when they are bitten by an animal carrying the virus. Rabies is typically contracted by individuals who are bitten by wild animals such as foxes and skunks, but it can also be contracted if someone is bitten by a domestic dog who has the virus. Anytime someone is the victim of a dog bite, they should immediately take action to make sure they have not been infected, and if they are, make sure they receive the proper medical treatment.

Symptoms of Rabies

Symptoms of rabies do not show right away because there is a long incubation period between initial infection and illness. On average, people begin seeing signs within three to seven weeks, but it may take as many as seven years. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Drooling
  • Convulsions
  • Pain near the bite
  • Anxiety
  • Low fever
  • Spasms
  • Tingling and/or numbness
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty swallowing

Anytime an animal bites you, it is important to get yourself checked out as soon as possible. Make sure that animal control is aware of the dangerous animal, whether it was a wild animal or a domestic dog. Animal control may temporarily confiscate the dog to determine whether it has rabies. When you visit a doctor, which should be as soon as possible, a test will be done to see if you have contracted the virus using saliva samples. Immediately after being bitten by a dog or wild animal, you should carefully clean the bite with soap and water. Once you visit your doctor, you will be tested and receive a vaccine for rabies. The sooner the vaccine is given, the better your chances of avoiding illness and even death due to rabies.

If you or a loved one was bitten by a dangerous dog or other animal in your neighborhood belonging to someone else, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the damage you have experienced as a result. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact a Cincinnati dog bite lawyer.