I know you understand why I can't help but post this article.
Hubby told me that a cousin died a week after having bitten by an askal (stray dog). After the attack, they killed the dog and made it as a dish while drinking alcohol. He took the bite for granted and didn't take proper treatments for it. His cousin's behavior became abnormal - afraid of the light and water and eats like a dog. They just waited for him to die in the cell.
Lesson Learned: First of all, never provoke an animal. Even if it's a house pet, an animal is still an animal.
If you have been attacked, these are the pointers while receiving vaccination for anti-rabies:
1. Observe the animal for 14 days from the event of the attack.
- changes in its behavior - difficulty eating or drinking water
- biting anything / aggressions - running without any direction
- drooling or excessive saliva
2. DON'T KILL THE HEALTHY ANIMAL. (In our case we didn't know what cat bit our son. But if we knew hubby would have killed it by now anyway :|).
3. If the animal dies while observation is being done, bring the animal's head immediately to a health agency like RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) to be examined for rabies. Put it in a plastic inside another container full of ice.
4. Bring the animal to the veterinary clinic if it gets sick.
To the Patient:
1. Avoid drinking alcohol, taking steroids and drugs for treating malaria while receiving vaccination for anti-rabies.
2. There might be slight redness, itchiness or puffiness on the area vaccinated. Put a hot compress on the affected area.
3. Take Paracetamol if fever occurs after having a shot.
4. Consult to a physician if there's excessive itchiness, redness or soreness that infects the whole body, difficulty in breathing or relatively high fever.
5. Follow the vaccination schedule given to you.
Pointers courtesy of RITM, Department of Health
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