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Facing the Risk of Rabies After a Dog Bite in Massachusetts
People in Massachusetts need to be aware of the symptoms and dangers of rabies if they have been the victim of a dog bite. Even domesticated animals might have rabies. When there is a dog bite, receiving immediate testing and treatment is important for both the health of the person who was bitten and in considering an animal bite claim to pay for the medical expenses that resulted from it.
Knowing the facts about rabies can provide insight to those who might be concerned after being the victim of an animal attack. Rabies is a worldwide issue and while most infections occur in Africa and Asia, they happen in the United States as well. A large percentage of people who are infected after an animal bite are children with 40 percent of the victims being under the age of 15.
The vast majority of rabies-related fatalities in humans stem from a dog bite. A person who was bitten might not realize that the dog was rabid. The symptoms may not present themselves for as long as one year. The typical incubation period for the disease is between one and three months. There is no test to diagnose whether or not a human has the disease prior to its clinical onset. The preferred way to treat rabies and prevent symptoms and death is to treat it soon after there has been exposure.
In addition to the pain and suffering from the bite, there are other issues that could arise. One in particular is rabies. If a dog has not received the proper immunizations and is infected with rabies, numerous other problems could befall the dog bite victim. It is imperative to know how to pursue compensation in the aftermath.
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