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I was bitten by a rabid dog

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 Upon learning about the recent Rabies Outbreak in KZN on Carte Blanche last Sunday evening 16/04/18, I was inspired by the remarkable work Dr Vanessa Meyer and her team from Rabies Awareness Eshowe are doing and I felt that it’s perfect time to tell my story in the hopes to help others. I’m just sorry I waited 5 years. 

In November 2012, I noticed a dog that had been hit by the car in the middle of the road. 

As I drove up towards it I noticed he lifted up its head and I knew he was alive. Being an animal lover I decided to stop and try and rescue it and against my better judgment laid him in the backseat of my car.

I drove straight to the vet, thinking that I could save this dog. When I stopped at the vet I bent over to pick up the dog it jumped up and bit me on the side of my face to form a cut about 10cm long from my ear down to my jaw bone. The dog then ran away until I managed to catch it and take it to the vet.

The vet immediately voiced his concern that the dog might have rabies. As a precautionary measure the vet tended to my open wound and sent me directly to a nearby hospital to get the Rabies Prophylaxis Injections, despite the dog’s saliva samples testing negative for the disease.

The vet recommended to put the dog down and sent samples of his brain to the lab for further tests. More comprehensive tests revealed that the dog indeed was infected with the Rabies Virus and I was instructed to ensure that I completed the treatment that I had already started with.

The experience weighed heavily on me psychologically and still today i struggle to wrap my head around the "What Ifs". I was fortunate. Many others have not been so lucky.

A concerning fact about Rabies, is that once the disease manifests itself it is fatal. There is no hope for a cureEven more alarming is the fact that rabies can manifest inside the human body up to 3 years after exposure.

It is for this reason that one needs to ensure that one goes for the necessary treatment as soon as one has received a bite or a scratch from any stray animal including dogs, cats, rats, mice etc. If the medication is administered correctly then the disease is also 100% preventable.

My daughter was scratched by a stray cat a few weeks ago and she is now also receiving the course of Rabies Prophylaxis injections so as to be sure that she does not carry this disease.

We are now MORE AT RISK THAN EVER. There has been a 400% increase in animal rabies over the past few months and the disease has claimed 4 lives in the last 2 months alone.

In celebration of my 40th birthday, a milestone, I want to stand up to this disease and I hope you'll join me in making a difference.

I hope to raise funds for various NGO's in the KZN area so that they can vaccinate as many animals as possible and that are create awareness and educate others especially those in disadvantaged or high-risk areas, so they can better protect themselves and their loved ones.

Benefitting organisations include: 

 Rabies Awareness Eshowe, and Furever Pet rescue's SAVE (Steralize, Assist, Vaccinate, Education ) camapaign 

If you are unable to donate, I ask you to please share this campaign with your children, your co-workers and your communities. 

Also please tell your children NEVER to pick up or touch any stray animals. Rather call the SPCA. If you have been bitten or scratched by a stray animal please immediately eek medical advice.

 

Rabies is a deadly disease that can’t be ignored.

It doesn’t discriminate but it can be eradicated - if we stand together.

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HOW TO SPOT SYMPTOMS, courtesy of The Mercury:   "In humans, rabies presents in the form of “furious” or “dumb” rabies.
  • Furious rabies symptoms initially include general weakness, discomfort, fever and/or headache and tingling at the bite site. As it progresses, the person becomes anxious, confused and agitated becoming delirious, behaves abnormally, hallucinates and may have a variety of psychiatric symptoms before becoming comatose. 
  • The “paralytic” or “dumb” form of rabies is clinically similar to polio, but presents with descending paralysis, coma and death within two to 10 days. 
Rabid animals tend to behave strangely, often aggressively. They also experience muscle paralysis, produce lots of saliva and experience difficulty in swallowing. Wild animals may lose fear of humans and become strangely tame. Cows and sheep with rabies may appear to have something “stuck” in their throat."

Donations

  • Jun 05, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Thank you for making a difference" - Marius and Elaine

  • May 23, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Great initiative Mark" - Ester and Irving de Beer

  • May 02, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for caring for my friends " - Chloe Annika Katrin Master Jack

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Save the dogs !!!!" - Brad

  • Apr 25, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Important initiative. Well done Mark for taking action!" - Tracy Lev

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks for raising awareness about this very important issue! " - James

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Please educate your children and domestic workers about rabies! Well done Mark!" - Vanessa

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 800.00
  • "Well done Mark for a great cause!" - Mom and dad

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "great initiative keep up the good work" - anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Great Initiative" - Catherine, Nick and Daniel

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Please donate and help save not just animal lives but human lives ...." - Juan-drĂ©

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 100.00
  • "Go mark" - Eric

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Rabies Awareness Body in Eshowe

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This organisation was created in August 2017 as we teetered on the edge of a Rabies outbreak in Zululand, South Africa. Our aim is to stand together as a community to help fight Rabies. We would like to assist the Department of Agriculture with their campaigns if we can, educate children & adults about the disease, and vaccinate as many dogs as possible in the surrounding areas. We are volunteers that do what we can in our spare time. Anyone, anywhere in the world can help: by educating ONE child, or vaccinating ONE dog, you can save a life.
 
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela