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Rabies - The Dumb and The Furious

By February 28, 2011

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Two Dogs / chefjancris on FlickrRabies is in the news again. A rabies-infected horse was reported in Virginia last week. I posted a link to the story on the Facebook page, and this started a discussion about the two forms of rabies; "dumb" and "furious."

When people think of rabies, they most often picture the "furious" (as in Old Yeller) version. Frothing mouth, crazy behavior.

It is often the lesser-know "dumb" form that has a more hidden potential for human exposure to rabies. With "dumb" rabies, animals are subdued; wild animals even appearing tame. People may be more inclined to pet, feed, or care for wild animals who appear tame.

For domestic animals who appear depressed, as with the horse in the news story, other causes of illness may be suspected/treated first. There have been many human exposures to rabies via feral-now-tame cats, as well.

Learn more: Rabies Q & A

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March 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm
(1) Mike says:

Interesting! I hope that everyone had a great weekend,is having a great week and I hope that they have another great weekend! I also hope that they enjoyed the recent holidays that we’ve had!

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