Tuesday 15 June 2021

Authorities Warn of Rabies in Aserri

COSTA RICA NEWS – Animal health authorities (SENASA) have warned of a possible outbreak of rabies in the mountain town of Aserri south of San Jose. Chief carrier of the virus is the vampire bat. Health officials are now catching the flying mammals to reduce what they see as an overpopulation.

costarica-cowAs of Wednesday, five cows are believed to have died of the disease carried by infected animals. Recently a child died of the illness after being bitten by a rabid squirrel.

As of Wednesday, the infected cattle were only detected at one farm near Parritilla de La Legua. Epidemiologists have conducted research at this farm and those adjoining it, searching for infected animals. The species most common in this area are domestic animals such as cattle, horses and dogs.

- Advertisement -

Rabies is a disease most commonly associated with vampire bats because of their diet of blood but any warm blooded animal can become infected and even transmit it, usually by biting. Animal heath officials are testing cattle, dogs and horses in the area and administering treatment.

It is a viral disease that infects the nervous system and, left untreated, is always fatal. It is treated by the early injection of medicines but the treatment is unpleasant and includes a battery of injections. Symptoms are uncoordinated body movements, salivation and paralysis that can make rising difficult.

The infected animal may become torpid, suffer neck torsion and difficulty swallowing. The Ministry of Health urges vaccination of persons in contact with infected animals. Even the most docile animals with the disease can become irritable and can bite if provoked, thus spreading the illness.

Although the outbreak is on a farm, dogs should be vaccinated annually and cats should be vaccinated, although once is sufficient to protect felines for the rest of their lives. Rodents are also carriers of the illness and cats hunting rats and mice is the prime way that the disease is transmitted to felines.

- Advertisement -

Article by iNews.co.cr, reposted with permissin

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of...


Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 12, “ODDS”

Today, Saturday, June 12, only ODDS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

Heavy downpours generated the first phreatic eruption of this year at the Turrialba volcano

QCOSTARICA - Several residents of La Pastora, La Central and Monte Calas, in the vicinity of the Turrialba volcano, heard a loud rumbling early...

Bukele advisers tried to leave Costa Rica with false covid-19 tests

QCOSTARICA - Two Costa Ricans who advise the government of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele were arrested this Tuesday at the Juan Santamaría (San Jose)...

Simple to request certification of vaccines against covid-19 applied in Costa Rica and abroad

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health issued a new guideline on Thursday that establishes the requirements to request the vaccination certificate against covid-19 in...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 13, “EVENS”

Today, Sunday, June 13, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

eHow to Become Successful in Online Casino Betting 

To become a successful gambler in the online industry, there is a lot to cover. It can be known to be a vastly different...

Carlos Alvarado describes calls reprehensible the persecution of Ortega against opponents in Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, described the persecution of Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega against opponents as reprehensible after the government...

The “rebound” effect boosted growth in Costa Rica’s economic activity

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's economic activity registered in April 2021 a year-on-year growth of 8.8%, a figure affected by a “base” or “rebound” effect,...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.