Video of the day: Catch the rat!

Okay, it’s not a rat. Some say it’s a marten. I don’t know. I do know this… If you have an encounter with a wild animal in any setting, seek medical advice about rabies post exposure prophylaxis, especially if the encounter was up close and personal, e.g. you got bit.

httpvh://youtu.be/Dw_rPoEWgSM

While rabies in humans is extremely rare in the United States and Western Europe, rabid animals are still present. It’s the post exposure “prophy” that has kept human cases at bay. Sadly, that’s not the case in many other parts of the world, like India. So don’t feed the wild animals, don’t pet them, and don’t catch them with your bare hands (or goalkeeper gloved hands) if you’re not trained to do so.

I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen