Garrett Meier, Hour 5


Rabies is a disease that is most often contracted by humans from infected animals through a bite. It is also possible for rabies to be passed through an open wound. Check out this newsletter to find specific information about local resources, symptoms, immediate and long-term risk factors, advances of the disease, media influences, and other support organizations.



Watch these two clips to learn about the impact of a rabid dogs. In the first clip ("To Kill A Mockingbird", you can see the reaction of people to a dog that is infected. The result is a man that shoots the dog and warns others about how the dog is still a danger even after he is killed.

In the second clip, ("Old Yeller"), a similar scene presents itself. A child is seen talking to a caged, rabid dog. The dog presents symptoms such as aggressiveness and excessive salivation. The end result is the same: the dog must be killed.

To Kill A Mockingbird - Atticus shoots a mad dog
Old Yeller Rabies Scene


Groundbreaking treatment for Rabies!

The University of Massachusetts and the Serum Institute of India discovered a new antibody (RAB-1) that could save thousands of lives in parts of the world that are without resources. The World Health Organization reports that there are more than 10 million people impacted by rabies each year. Clinical trials are underway on this new treatment and researchers are confident that it will make a huge difference world-wide.

For complete information about this study, visit: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100914121501.htm

Check out this source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ana.410020611/abstract

You will learn about advances in the immunizations given to animals to help prevent the spread of Rabies. The article points out that much of the recent research has been focused on humans. This study looks at the prevention of the disease in animals in the wild.