Ach! A bit of rabies never did anybody any harm. I saved loads on my water bill.obin, better you get rabies shots, because you don't want to be sick either.
"Take this, brother; may it serve you well."
This is usually followed by something that passes for internal reflection, and then a smile crosses their face, followed by "It okay, I make merit at temple".
I gave up long ago. ;-)
Holy shit - that's one hell of a story, OP.
By the way, speaking of malnutrition - I also often notice Thais putting out bowls of rice to feed severely malnourished cats or dogs. Point of knowledge - cats and dogs are unable to digest rice, which is why they end up with malnutrition. Rice is a good supplement (fiber and stuff) to regular meat, but cats and dogs should be fed meat.
I generally pick up some meat pieces from street vendors and feed some of the strays, or when on beach vacations I just order grilled chicken or let them have some of my burger. I always get "the look" from Thais that see this, and once when I was asked, I just explained I do this, as then I don't have to make merit at temple ;-)
The thing that passes for internal reflection followed.
Fight Against Rabies in Thailand
Rabies is a deadly disease prevalent in Thailand. It is a virus spread by bites and scratches from an animal that is a carrier of the virus. Symptoms of rabies are frothing at the mouth, running around wildly and snapping at the air. Any warm-blooded animal can be a carrier of rabies.
All dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated. The vaccine is cheap and readily available from veterinarians around the country. Boosters should be given annually.
Unfortunately, routine vaccinations are rarely enforced in Thailand and it is up to the pet owners to be responsible and ensure that their pet is up to date on its vaccinations. To make the situation worse, the millions of stray dogs and cats who have no owners rarely receive health care of any kind, let alone annual vaccinations.
Thailand is one of the countries with the highest risk for travelers. About 200-300 human deaths are contributed to rabies annually in Thailand with 95% of those due to dog bites (from Medical College of Wisconsin).
It has been called “a forgotten disease”. Yet, rabies claims 55,000 lives worldwide per year – with most deaths occurring in rural areas of Africa and Asia. It is a disease that can be eliminated, as has happened in developed countries. But in Asia the fight often faces cultural challenges.
Fight Against Rabies in Thailand | Thai Life + Travel
Symptom of Rabies
The actual time between infection and when you get sick (called the "incubation period") ranges from 10 days - 7 years. The average incubation period is 3 - 7 weeks.
Symptoms may include:
- Anxiety, stress, and tension
- Exaggerated sensation at the bite site
- Loss of feeling in an area of the body
- Loss of muscle function
- Low-grade fever (102 degrees F or lower)
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain at the site of the bite
- Swallowing difficulty (drinking causes spasms of the voicebox)
~Seeing that picture above breaks my heart. I did some volunteering in soi dog shelter in Phuket quite awhile ago. I was surprised to hear that there wasn't much protection for cats. I was told that the cats are fed and taken care of at the temples.
You've had rabies pb?
Got bitten by a monkey here and went through the shot ordeal. Painful little buggers. ( monkeys and shots)
Glad you are okay after a monkey bite.
I have seen dogs and cats in the most terrible condition when in Thailand. Bullet holes, dehydration, and malnutrition to name a few. I never found the soi dogs to be harmful. I don't get it.
Caption: Patient infected with rabies. This patient is suffering from convulsions and has been restrained in a hospital bed. Rabies (hydrophobia) belongs to the rhabdovirus group of viruses. It is usually transmitted to humans through dog bites. The virus spreads to the brain and also to tissues such as the salivary glands. Symptoms of fever, salivation and throat spasms appear after an incubation period which can last up to a year. Alongside this, there may be behaviourial changes such as confusion, agitation and anxiety. After this even the sight of water may cause convulsions and paralysis. Rabies is always fatal unless the patient receives a vaccination immediately after exposure to the virus.
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