March 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011
March has been declared Rabies Awareness Month, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9482 signed on May 25, 2007, to build public awareness on the prevention and control of rabies through education and vaccination.
Rabies is a deadly disease of animals caused by a virus which is transmissible to human beings through the bites of infected animals, through contact of the saliva with an opening or wound in the skin, causing acute inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord. It can also be transmitted through aerosol transmission, faulty vaccines, and tissue and organ transplants.
Rabies is a highly fatal disease caused by a lyssa virus, transmitted mainly through the bite of an infected animal and is characterized by muscle paralysis, hydrophobia and aerophobia, and other neurological manifestations. It is considered fatal if left untreated before the onset of serious symptoms like fever, cough or sore throat followed by more serious and rapidly progressing symptoms such as restlessness, hallucinations and seizures. The final stage is coma and death.