Afghanistan Soldier Dies of Rabies.....Foreign Soldiers at Risk

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    Not a real new story, but I don't recall reading it on here:

    We don't realize that other countries don't protect their animals the way we do here in the US.


    The incubation period for rabies can be fair long...one to three months"

    Rabies Incubation Period

    Transmission of rabies does not require a bite, just exposure to saliva of an infected animal which gets into an open wound.
     
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    The series of injections was not completed? A 24 year old Soldier didn't realize that he needed to complete rabis shots after he was bitten by a rabid dog? The Army didn't understand that the Soldier needed to complete the rabis shots? WTF?
     
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    WTF is right!
     
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    I would say the military screwed this one up, BAD. There is no excuse for this to have happened. I would like to see a full investigation. And charges filed possibly up to negligent homicide.
     
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    So would I. They are at least sending out an alert for returning soldiers:

    Metro and State | VA warns returning soldiers about risk of rabies | The Detroit News

    A soldier could possibly be stateside for several months before symptoms show up. And as previously stated, an acutal 'bite' is not required. There are also several vectors such as cat, bat, fox, skunk, raccoon, mongoose or jackal, as the article stated.
     
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    How could people not know the danger of being bitten by a strange animal? Any mammal can be a carrier of rabies. A neighbor had a cow that was rabid probably due to being bitten by a rabid fox that was found in the area and he shot the thing on a windy day. The local medical team told him he was in danger for rabies because the foam that the cow was spitting could have gotten on his skin or in his eyes. He took the series of shots.
     
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    Americans in foreign countries don't always realize that the standards there are not up to ours. Everyone I know has their animals vaccinated. I have an indoor cat, and even though there hasn't been a case of feline rabies in western KY for over 30 years, I still get her vaccinated each year. BUT apparently they DID know the danger because the series of shot was started. Just never completed.
     
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    It's called malpractice. It's unfortunate, but not negligent homicide.
     
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    Even in medical malpractice, negligence can rise to the criminal level.
     
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    It's rare. The Michael Jackson case is the only one I can think of.
     

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