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Rabies treatments are costly for people bitten by animals

Rabies is a serious problem for any animal or human who is exposed to the virus. That is one reason why it is vital for all pet owners to ensure that their pets are vaccinated against the virus. All these pet owners need to think about when trying to decide if they are going to have their animal vaccinated is the story of "Old Yeller." If you have read the book, you know that the dog gets rabies and the end of the story is a sad one.

For a human who is bitten by a rabid animal, the treatment to help prevent the rabies virus from taking over is lengthy. It doesn't matter what animal is responsible for the bite. It can be a wild animal, such as a raccoon, or a domesticated pet, such as a dog. In both cases, a series of post-exposure injections is necessary.

In the past, the post-exposure injections were done through the abdomen. Up to 30 injections were required. New advances in the vaccine, however, mean that the injections are now given in the upper arm. Instead of 30 injections, there are six injections given. On the first day of treatment, a rabies vaccine and a human rabies immune globulin are given. Doses of the rabies vaccine are also required on days 3, 7, 14 and 28.

More than 40,000 have to get this treatment each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that there are hardly any deaths associated with rabies in this country. The bad news is that the cost of treatment is considerable. Rabies is said to cost an estimated $300 million each year in this country.

Anyone who has been bitten by a rabid pet or a pet that isn't up-to-date on the rabies vaccination might choose to seek compensation for the treatments and other effects of the bite. Knowing how to do so in New York can often help to make the process a little easier.

Source: PressConnects, "After the bite, don't risk contracting rabies," Matthew Hayes, July 02, 2015

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