World Rabies Day was this past Friday, September 28th. With that we invited you to test your knowledge on Rabies this past week! Everyone who participated was entered in a drawing to win either a dog or cat basket filled with goodies!
We were very interested in seeing what everyone's answers were to the questions! Thank you to all who participated!
1. Which wild animals are the most common transmitters of Rabies in the United States? (Circle 3)
Deer Bats Moose Fish Raccoons Turkeys Snakes Mice Skunks Possums Squirrels
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks cases of rabies and reports that wild animals account for 92.6% of reported instances in the United States. The correct answers are Raccoons(30.2% of all cases), Bats(29% of all cases) and Skunks(26% of all cases)!
All of these animals can come into contact with your pet in your backyard, while walking on wooded pathways with your dog, or even inside of your home. Unlike healthy wildlife, rabid animals can be aggressive and often won't hesitate to approach you or your pet.
Our participants are pretty smart and the majority guessed the correct answers. Below is what our participants guessed!
Fun Fact! Any mammal can get rabies. However, the chance of rabies in a possum is EXTREMELY RARE. This may have something to do with the possum's low body temperature (94-97º F) making it difficult for the virus to survive in a possum's body.
2. The CDC states that ____ people die from Rabies globally every year.
1. 0 2. 27 3. 10,000 4. 55,000
This was a tough one - although many thought the correct answer was 10,000 people unfortunately the number is much higher. The CDC states that 55,000 people die from Rabies globally every year. That is a staggering rate of one person every 10 minutes! The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 40% of individuals bit by rabid dogs are under 15 years of age.
3. Cats are ____ times more likely than dogs to be rabid.
1. 10 2. 0 -- dogs are actually more likely to be rabid than cats 3. 4 4. 50
We had a mix of replies on this one but the largest majority of people believe that answer 2 is correct. The correct answer is that cats are actually 4 times more likely than dogs to be rabid! The main reason why is because unfortunately people are less likely to bring their cats in to see a veterinarian for regular visits where rabies vaccinations can be kept current.
4. After an animal starts exhibiting the symptoms of rabies how long until they pass away?
1. 2-10 days 2. 30-40 days 3. 1 day 4. 3-6 months
The correct answer is 2-10 days. Rabies has an incubation period of 1-3 months. During this time there will not be any noticeable symptoms. The virus has traveled through the nerves to the spinal cord and into the brain. After the incubation period is over the virus multiplies quickly and moves in the salivary glands. This is when an animal will start exhibiting signs of rabies and they will usually die within 2-10 days.
5. True or False: There is a reliable treatment option for rabies once symptoms start.
This statement is FALSE. There is not a reliable treatment option for rabies once symptoms start.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Donna and Vickie! They are the WINNERS OF OUR 2 RAFFLE BASKETS!
Thank you again to all that participated!
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