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Watch For These Common Signs of Rabies After a Missouri Animal Attack

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It’s just a small bite. Why worry?

Usually there’s no reason to worry if you’ve been the victim of a dog bite in Missouri. However, if a wild animal or an unknown dog has bitten you, it pays to be overly cautious.

Why? One word: rabies. If you were infected, this potentially fatal disease must be caught within the first two days of a bite in order to be prevented. For that reason, it’s extremely important that you see a doctor immediately after any contact with a potentially rabies-infected animal.

While the infection itself starts to work early, the actual symptoms may take weeks to appear in a human. Even then, the early signs may easily be mistaken for the flu:

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Itching or “prickly” feeling at the bite site


Once the signs of rabies appear, a cure is rarely possible. The fatal disease spreads rapidly, lasting less than two weeks. The acute advanced signs of rabies include:

  • Trouble swallowing, which leads to the visible foaming at the mouth
  • Confusion
  • Agitation or aggressive behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal behaviors and fears
  • Hallucinations or delirium
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Eventually, paralysis and then death


If you have been the victim of a Missouri animal attack or dog bite, you should see a doctor immediately. Being cautious could save a life.

For more information regarding animal attacks and your rights, talk to an experienced St. Louis dog bite attorney at 877-241-1020. When you set up your appointment, don’t forget to request a free copy of The Guide On How To Pick a Lawyer.

Category: Dog Bites and Attacks

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