Our podcast Rodney Versus Death tells the story of a doctor who does battle with one of the most deadly viruses in the world: rabies. We picked up a bunch of strange tidbits during our research -- test your knowledge with our rabies quiz!
Your story of the girl who recovered from rabies was excellent BUT not entirely accurate. There was a young boy who recovered a bit earlier. And in fact in the book RABID the author stated that the picture of that kid was in the room of the girl you folks profiled. I'm in favor of accuracy.
Hi Jill, nobody's making bats the boogeybats - these are just facts. I frequently do some work involving bats, I'm very fond of them , and I'm in awe where it comes to their abilities.Saying something about their role as hosts to viruses should thus not be misinterpreted, it doesn't help, and it won't change the facts. When it comes to potentially being host to quite a number of diseases bats unfortunately lead. And here in Europe that includes rabies.That doesn't make bats any less important, not in the least. They don't choose to be hosts. It has nothing to do with how 'wonderful and sweet' they are, as you put it. In short, we're talking about bats that are ill, and in case with a pathogenic virus it's important to accept the reality of the role bats play there.Don't worry, I won't ever ask for culling - it never works.
Please be careful not to make bats the boogeyman. Read about the importance of bats to our ecosystem and what a wonderful social, sweet animal they really are http://batworld.org/
Gee - I got one wrong...! The 1st mentioning, had the Iliad too much on my mind, kinda jumped out of my remembering it from the - excellent - book, mentioned in the pod.The thing about by what species people get rabies the most worldwide, one must bear in mind how unequally spread infections are, on this worldwide basis. Most people who get rabies nowadays are living in Asia [Malaysia, Thailand...], and there dogs are the dominant species for both carrying the virus and biting humans. And the number of people developing symptoms is huge, in strong disproportion to much of the rest of the world.If I'd have to vote on the biggest threat as per number of carriers, both species- and specimen-wise, worldwide, and this assessed evenly, which for the reason given above isn't realistic, then my bet would be on bats:be sure, there are way more bats infected with rabies than dogs - worldwide. And this could eventually turn the whole worldwide carrier-statistics around in every aspect, namely when a certain leel of control is achieved in those regions with a high %age of human infections by dog bites - very difficult, yes.A couple of months ago I managed to poop a party in a Guardian comment section, when the achievement of a small bat species was - rightly - celebrated: it was identified as a bat from the U.K., but found on the European continent; it had crossed the channel. As happy I was for the bat, but the U.K. have very strict quarantine laws for a reason, and rabies is still up on the continent; regular outbreaks among bat populations in, say, Luxembourg are perpetual reminders.Tell the bat about quarantines...
This was great!
If you are talking about the vaccination for rabies in humans they are good for much longer than 6-12 months. You do require a titer check to see how your body responds to the vaccination. In general the vaccine lasts for a number of years. I was vaccinated almost 10 years ago and my titer levels still offer protection from the virus. That said, if exposure was proven, I would still undergo post exposure shots. This is just to be sure and also, you do not want to mess with rabies!
photophobia or oversensitivity to light actually is a symptom on advance cases of rabis infection. Also, the rabies vaccine in dogs has been shown to give protection for a number of years in dogs.
People are not vaccinated for rabies on a regular basis because the vaccination is a series of 4 shots. It you are a person who regularly may come in contact with species who may have rabies you get the first 3 shots. This is so that the 4th shot can be administer as quickly as possibly to save your life if you are bitten. The shots however are only effective for a short period of time, 6-12 months. So if we were to vaccinate everyone for rabies, we would be getting shots very often.
Why aren't people vaccinated for Rabies? Along with the normal suite of vaccinations. Not common enough?
2 rabid bats found in city park in Seattle this summer. http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/news/2013/13082001.aspx
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What a fascinating story! I found it interesting as some aspects of it reminded me of the conflict in Gaza ...
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