Friday, January 26, 2007
Continuing an occasional series.
As someone who has lived only in Australia and the UK, it is fascinating, and frightening, to see the prevalence elsewhere of rabies, which those of us in Oz do not encounter. Apart from the odd bat lyssavirus in North Queensland, that is.
Dr Dork last exposed himself to the possibility of this nasty disease when in Indonesia a few months prior to the Bali Bombings.
Dr Dork strayed from the usual tourist path to a fair degree, and thus was taking appropriate malarial precautions. With associated amusing dermatological effects.
Dr and Mrs Dork visited a tourist site replete with a surfeit of semi-tame monkeys. These little guys were quite used to tourists, in no predatory danger, and would probably dance upon your outstretched palm if they thought there was a banana in it for them.
When you entered this park, you could purchase a bunch or two of (rather meagre) bananas, all the better to feed the unrestrained zoo within.
Dr Dork, like your stereotypical Western tourist, was wearing a shoulder bag containing photographic paraphernalia. Mrs Dork decided to store a few spare bananas in the shoulder bag.
Dr Dork was not aware of this at the time.
He was rather perturbed, in due course, to find himself surrounded by a collection of very demanding little simians. And their many, many teeth.
And a bite from such is rabies until proven otherwise.
Thus the benefit of vaccination, especially in one whom anything with teeth tends to find...teethable. Tasty. Worth a 'chomp' or two.
A bite, where rabies is prevalent, is rabies until proven otherwise, as far as Dr Dork is concerned.
Rabies is preventable. It is treatable.
If not treated, it is fatal.
More bl***y needles...
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