The highest number of cases was recorded in Tambov, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk, and Lipetsk regions, as well as in the Chukotka Autonomous District.
In May, rabies infections were revealed in 25 cats, 15 dogs, and 23 foxes.
Besides that, 5 cases were recorded in cattle, 2 in reindeer, 2 in raccoon dogs, 1 in pigs, 1 in ice foxes, and 1 in ferrets.
Rabies is an infectious disease caused by the Rabies virus that affects both people and animals. Rabies causes severe damage to the central nervous system. It is characterized by hydrophobia, photophobia, aggressive behavior, salivation, and paralysis.
People can get infected through contact with rabid animals. The virus is spread with saliva through bites, scratches, or licking.
To prevent infection, the bitten area should be washed thoroughly with soapy water, then hydrogen peroxide and iodine should be applied. After that, one should immediately receive a full post-exposure vaccination course for rabies.
Experts warn that rabies is a particularly dangerous viral disease with a 100% mortality rate. Rabies can only be prevented, as there is no effective treatment for an established infection. If the exposed person doesn’t receive a post-exposure vaccination, the disease will cause death.