Inonsidering memethodsnting hydrophobhydrophobia man theremanertain factors in the rationale nale of the disease which must be constantly borne in mind. The following are some of the most important of these: 1. Although all mammals are susceptible to rabies, it is perpetuated in nature almost exclusively by the domestic dog, but also to a small extent and in a few localities by wild animals of the dog family and by skunks.
2. Human infection occurs, in the vast preponderance of cases, directly from the rabid dog through bites, and in the remaining minority of cases from animals which in turn have received their infection from dogs.
3. Rabies is an infectious disease, transmissible by bites from infected to healthy animals, and by other methods of inoculation with the specific virus. It never originates spontaneously or as a result of starvation, bad food or water, excitement, fear, or other like causes.
STIMSON AM. CONTROLLING HYDROPHOBIA IN THE HUMAN SUBJECT HUMAN SUBJECT. JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1128–1130. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090350016
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