Since August is National Immunization Month and September 28th is World Rabies Day, Dr. Coffin will take this opportunity to discuss Rabies. Did you know that in 2014 over half of the Rabies cases in the United States occurred in only five states and Oklahoma was one of those states?
Rabies is a deadly virus that can infect all mammal, including humans. The virus is secreted in saliva and usually transmitted from one mammal to another via a bite wound from an infected animal. However, the infection can also occur when saliva from an infected animal comes into contact with an open wound. Unfortunately, once signs of the disease appear, it is almost always fatal. Therefore, prevention with proper vaccination is the best way to stop the spread of this deadly disease.