When it comes to bats around the house or in the attic, you do not want to waste any time getting rid of them. Bats are known carriers of several infectious zoonotic diseases, two of which are very serious, and unfortunately, very common as well. And as known carriers, they are also capable of transmitting these diseases to both people and pets, such as cats and dogs. This is just one reason why pet vaccinations are so vital to the overall health and protection of your animals and your loved ones.
These two zoonotic diseases described above are Rabies and Histoplasmosis. Continue reading to learn more about each illness, and what you can do to get rid of nuisance bats in your Tennessee home or property.
Most Common Transmissible Bat Diseases:
Histoplasmosis is an infection of the lungs and respiratory system. It is caused by the development of Histoplasma capsulatum fungus on bat droppings, also known as guano. It can also grow on bird droppings. The fungus produces mold spores that become airborne, either from wind, construction, or a property’s interior air duct system. Upon inhalation, the spores can enter a person’s respiratory system and cause flu-like symptoms. And if not treated properly, a person can become very ill. When a person is mildly affected by Histoplasmosis spores, it is possible for them to never experience any symptoms.
However, in cases of long-term or close-up exposure, symptoms can develop within 3 to 17 days, depending on the severity of exposure. Serious cases of Histoplasmosis can be life-threatening to those with weakened or suppressed immune systems, as well as the elderly and young children. Common symptoms of Histoplasmosis infection are similar to the flu, while severe cases are more similar to tuberculosis. Typical symptoms for mild cases may include all or a combination of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough, chest discomfort, lethargy, joint pain, rash, and general malaise.
Rabies is a well-known and dangerous virus that is carried and transmitted via saliva and blood among several species of wildlife in Tennessee. Fox, coyotes, raccoons, bats, squirrels, and more are common carriers of the Rabies virus; but just because they are carriers does not mean they are infected. Unfortunately, the Rabies virus cannot be diagnosed until the symptoms are noticeable. But at this point, it is too late for the victim.
This viral disease is usually fatal in animals since it causes swelling and inflammation of the brain. This condition can cause infected animals to behave strangely and unpredictably, exhibiting violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Annual pet vaccinations can protect curious dogs and cats from encountering a fatal rabies attack from an infected animal.
What You Need to Know About Rabies in Humans
As for humans, Rabies can be fatal unless treatment can be received before symptoms begin to appear, which usually takes 1 to 3 months. Only 6 people have survived a rabies infection after showing symptoms. For this reason, it is important to seek immediate treatment if you suspect that you had contact with an infected animal. Common signs and symptoms can include slight or partial paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations, progressing to delirium, and coma.
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