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Rabies

A stray cat that I've been feeding bit a neighbor (She was feeding it too).  She went to the ER who started her on the post-exposure rabies series.  For some reason, she came to me to trap the cat in her garage for animal control to come pick up.

Now I'm sure that they're going to want me to start the series, too, because I handled it.

Joy.
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July 4th, 2007 7:40pm
Wow, this sort of thing usually happens to muppet.  Guess he dodged a bullet on this one.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 4th, 2007 7:41pm
They came & picked up the cat.  No knock on the door.

Her husband says they said they weren't going to destroy the animal, but keep it for observation.
I suspect that's just to keep her happy.

But I am (of course) still interested in the results of their "observations", just in case.

Chances of getting the disease around here are pretty low, anyway.  No bat population, no real racoon population (just the occasional possum & deer)
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July 4th, 2007 8:04pm
Be aware that the series is very expensive, at cost the first shot is $1500.

I was bit by a raccoon some time back. When I found the cost of the shots, I just passed on it. I seem to be OK, but it can take 10 years to kick in.

Good thing you got the cat. They'll cut off its head and send it to the CDC where they'll dissect the brain and let you know the results.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 8:06pm
I looked it up online.  Median cost a few years ago was $4k, probably higher now.
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July 4th, 2007 8:12pm
Yup, that's the symptom of Rabies -- nodes in the brain.

It kills the animal that gets it -- pretty quickly, depending on the animal.  (unlike Syphillis, which can take years to make you insane).

I don't know how long a cat can have it before it dies.  Not too long (a month?) I'd think.
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July 4th, 2007 8:14pm
It's been hanging around for 9 months or more, so it'd have had to acquire the disease relatively recently.
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July 4th, 2007 8:27pm
Wouldn't the cat have to actually bite you?
Permalink Billx 
July 4th, 2007 8:39pm
Not necessarily. If you got cat saliva on you and then scratched yourself or whatever.

Supposedly you can get rabies from bats even if they don't touch you - it's enough that they fly nearby. I guess they spit on you passing or something?
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 4th, 2007 9:41pm
I believe you have to get the bug into your bloodstream.  Perhaps breathing in bat guano might do it -- but I doubt it.  I think it requires a bite.
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July 4th, 2007 11:21pm
OK, you're right. The issue is that bat bites can be unnoticeable so if you see a bat in the room at night, you might assume it has bit you even if you don't know for sure:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/bats_&_rabies/bats&.htm
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 5th, 2007 1:21am
There are times I'm really glad I live on an island...
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July 5th, 2007 6:27am
yeah, an island of mad dogs and Englishmen?
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July 5th, 2007 3:50pm
Wow, and rabies can kill a human in a month.  Fast disease.
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July 5th, 2007 5:05pm
Whoa, a month?

I do remember that if some medical drama I saw once was medically accurate, you die if rabies gets to a certain point. It becomes untreatable. I guess that's true of most everything though.
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July 5th, 2007 6:22pm

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