Real-life is­sue: Ra­bies

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Ra­bies is a virus that can af­fect the ner­vous sys­tem of an­i­mals and is of­ten trans­mit­ted through bite wounds. The dis­ease is dis­cussed sev­eral times in Old Yeller, and is re­garded as a grow­ing plague in their com­mu­nity. At the time, it would have been nec­es­sary to kill Old Yeller be­cause a ra­bid an­i­mal could in­fect an en­tire farm.

Since the cre­ation of the first ra­bies vac­cine in 1885, hu­mans could have them­selves and their an­i­mal com­pan­ions vac­ci­nated as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure. While hu­mans can ac­quire ra­bies vac­cines be­fore and af­ter in­fec­tion, an­i­mals of­ten pass away once in­fected by ra­bies. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Philip­pines is one of the top ten coun­tries with a ra­bies prob­lem.

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