Even though there have been no reports of rabies from dog bites reported in the United States for a number of years, dog bite victims should understand and be able to recognize the symptoms. The incubation period for rabies infection, amazingly enough, ranges from ten days to seven years. The average incubation period however is three to seven weeks. Symptoms may include:
- Anxiety, stress, and tension
- Exaggerated sensation at the wound site
- Loss of feeling in some area of the body
- Low-grade fever (102 degrees or lower)
- Loss of muscle function
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain at the site of the bite wound
- Swallowing becomes difficult
Rabies is spread by an animal’s infected saliva that enters the body through the bite wound. Human cases of rabies during the past in the United States usually occurred due to the bite of a dog. Recently, however, rabies have been linked more commonly to bats and raccoons. The reduction of infections by dog bites is due to widespread animal vaccination.
If an animal bites you, try to gather as much information as you can about the animal. The animal will need to be captured alive, so you need to call your local animal control office. A special test can be done to see of the animal has rabies. If a dog bites you, the animal will need to be watched for signs of rabies.
Even though the event of rabies from a dog bite is rare, other infections can be very serious. If you have been bitten by a dog in Atlanta, you probably have questions concerning a possible lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C. are standing by to help you. Please call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.