“The largest number of animal rabies cases was recorded in the Nizhegorodskaya Oblast, the Penzenskaya Oblast, the Chelyabinskaya Oblast, the Samarskaya Oblast, the Saratovskaya Oblast, the Smolenskaya Oblast, and the Republic of Tyva," clarified the CNMVL.
In January, 24 rabies cases occurred in dogs and 22 in cats.
19 rabies cases occurred in foxes.
11 rabies cases were reported in cattle, 2 cases were reported in the small ruminants.
In addition, new rabies cases were reported in the wild animals - 5 cases in raccoons, 2 in ferrets, 1 in marten. There was also one reported case in the Arctic fox.
Rabies is an infectious disease caused by the Rabies virus. Rabies virus causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in animals and humans. Rabies virus travels through the nerves to the spinal cord and affects brain.
People are usually infected following a bite or scratch from an animal with rabies (transmission of virus can also occur through saliva). If bitten or scratched or exposed to animal saliva, the wounds must be washed with running water and soap. It is recommended to use hydrogen peroxide to treat the wounds. The edges of the wound can be cleaned with iodine 5% solution. After that, seek immediate treatment at the nearest hospital and ensure that the complete anti-rabies vaccine is received.