Minneapolis could have a major problem with the Lake Harriet fox. Two people were bitten this week by a fox, which was tested positive for rabies. The animal was caught by the animal control officers after some people complained about it. Doctors managed to discover that the fox had rabies and euthanized it before it would make more victims.
The problem is that there could be more animals having rabies. The Department of Health said that all of us should pay more attention when it comes to wild animals. If some of you are bitten by any kind of animal, especially a fox, they should go to the doctor. Although do not go by yourself in the woods, it may be dangerous as there could be more animals that have rabies.
What you should not do? First of all, do not feed the wild animals. Even though some of them might seem not to do any harm, they can feel in danger and bite you. Moreover, do not adopt this kind of animals. You are not able to raise them as they are used to walk free and eat whatever they want. You could be in danger as there are animals which attack when you are less expecting. The best thing to do is to call the police or the local animal control department. They will know what to do with the animal and you will be safer.
Rabies is a disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other animals. Its symptoms are fever, violent movements, fear of water or you can even lose control of your body. This disease can lead to death if it is not treated. How long one can live it depends on fast the virus goes to the brain.
You should be vaccinated before the virus gets to you because then it might be dangerous. Only five people have survived this infection after the symptoms started to show, so you should pay more attention to this disease. It can happen no matter where you live. There were people from America, Asia or Europe who had this virus. Dog bites seem to be the main reason why humans get this virus, but other animals can be a huge threat too. We are hoping more people will be aware of what rabies can do and go to the doctor if they are not feeling well.
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