“Funny enough, you now know how the bat felt when he bit you”. Well that was dark...
I wonder if the 'unaware' part is something more to do with where people grew up. I grew up on a farm and knew all about rabies. From being warned about frothy mouthed animals to sending off a strange-acting cat for testing that bit my sister (she got vaccinated but the cat was not infected), it was something you were always generally aware of when interacting with wild or strange animals.
"See a normally nocturnal animal out in the daytime? Be careful, might be rabies." That sort of thinking was pretty common.
Well fuck. I wasn’t planning on going outside anymore anyway.
Once when I was younger a bat got into the grocery store I was working at. I caught it in a shopping basket and held it against myself to trap it, and took it outside. I'm still alive so I guess I got lucky, but learning about rabies makes me look back in horror at that situation.
I think the best thing to do is just curl up in a ball and whimper quietly to myself.
It's interesting, but I hate these types of thought experiments. People should be aware of rabies especially when dealing with unfamiliar and wild animals, but the chances of contacting rabies in such an unknown way is next to impossible. There have been 23 cases of rabies in the US since 2008 with 8 of them due to exposure overseas. There are quite a few in Asia and Africa though. 55,000 deaths per year.
Incubation period of years?
Fuck, between that camping story and the fact that I grew up in the country, I'm about fifteen different kinds of anxious and paranoid now.
One morning, we found a dead bat in my daughter's bedroom. It presumably hit the ceiling fan and died. So we got concerned because she's too young to talk and tell us if she felt something on her in the middle of the night. Bagged it and brought it to our health clinic. They sent it out to get dissected. Meanwhile, we're dreading the needles if it comes out positive for rabies. We made it worse by reading up on 100% mortality rate after symptoms. Scary stuff.
There’s no maybe’s when it comes to rabies!