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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    Just thought I'd add something to this thread as occasionally I see threads by people from the UK about rabies and I know a bit about this as some of my friends are ecologists.

    First of all rabies was eradicated in the UK in 1922.

    Ah but, your anxiety says, I Googled and there were some cases in bats in the 00s! Yes a rabies-type virus was found in Daubenton's Bats, and there was one fatality of a bat worker. This means bat workers now legally need a rabies shot before they can handle wild bats as a precaution.

    But remember these are bat workers whose job it is to poke their hands in bat roosts. There has literally been no-one ever in this country who has had a rabid bat swoop down and bite them, and never will, that's not how it works. The bats over your garden - which are probably Pipistrelles or Long-eared Bats - are healthy bats feeding normally, who will avoid you, and are no threat unless you're a moth!

    So in summary, all species of mammal in the UK are rabies free, there are a tiny amount of bats with a rabies-like virus, but this is only even a remote issue if your job involves provoking bats in a situation where sick ones will be lurking, and even then it's vanishingly unlikely. The chance you contracting rabies in the UK is 0.
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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    I get the impression that 90% of the rabies fearers in here dont bother to read this thread and keep posting their invisible bat threads.

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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    So how is it then that people say you can get bit by bats and not know...?



    Quote Originally Posted by venusbluejeans View Post
    Recently we have had many posts about the fear of contracting rabies from the most unlikely of scenarios.

    I thought I would make a post with some facts about Rabies which will hopefully put some peoples minds at rest a little.

    Most of the posts we get come from people in the US, so this post is aimed at those in the US



    What is Rabies?
    Rabies is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals

    How rare is Rabies

    In this century, the number of human deaths caused by rabies in the United States has drastically declined, from more than 100 cases per year to an average of just two or three cases a year…. This fact was in 2014 and that number is still declining!

    So that means that there are 325.7 million people in the United States…….. That is 325700000 and just 2 or 3 of those 325700000 people per year contract rabies, that is a completely miniscule chance of contracting Rabies

    Since 2008 there have been 23 cases of human rabies infection, 8 of which were due to exposures outside of the U.S

    How is Rabies Transmitted?

    Transmission occurs when saliva containing the rabies virus is introduced into an opening in the skin. 90% of animals which are infected with rabies are wild animals, the chances of a pet passing Rabies on to you is very very rare and can not be transmitted by you by walking on or touching something that a rabid animal may or may not have walked on/chewed.

    you need to have an open wound on which a rabid animal has got saliva to contract Rabies

    Rabies is NOT transmitted by a rabid animals blood..... just saliva

    Bats and other animals will not jump out and bite you in your sleep

    If an animal bites you you WILL know….. animals are NOT ninjas you will notice if an animal has bitten you. You WILL see the animal.

    To make the chances even less (than very very minimal).......

    vaccinate your pets and other domestic animals (like cows, goats, sheep, and horses)


    Avoid contact with wild animals – do not feed or handle them, even if they seem friendly. If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to animal control.

    Wash any wound with hot soapy water and keep it clean and covered

    2 last things to remember....

    1.... How miniscule your chances of contracting rabies actually is in the USA...
    3 in 325700000 at most! that is roughly 0.0000000092% chance!!

    2.... This is the Rabies virus.... it looks so much friendlier if you add googly eyes and think of it like that





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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    Who says that?
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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    Random places online.. like articles etc... in the past I’ve read bay bites are so small you might not even know it... so how do you know for sure then? I’m not the kind of person that is indoors... I’m outsoors a lot- hiking, photographing..working out..I’m just saying...

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    Re: So you think you have Rabies.....

    Bats won't bite you unless they are being attacked maybe.

    They won't even have rabies if they did bite you.

    You are really worrying over nothing I promise.
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