A stray street dog that had terrorized an Indian village last week biting at least seven people found its most bizarre fate.
His latest victim, a 30 year old laborer from a village on the outskirts of Ranchi decided to make sure he wouldn’t get rabies from the dog in the most unusual manner—eating the dog’s heart.
According to reports, the man went after the dog and killed it by throwing rocks at it. After the dog died, he removed the dog’s heart with a pair of scissors and ate it raw.
The man after being questioned by local media about seeking medical care responded that he didn’t need medical help since he treated himself by eating the dog’s heart.
Not only is rabies transmitted by animal bites but also by the butchering of rabies-infected or sickly animals where the virus could get into the persons eyes or mouth.
According to the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, all mammals are susceptible to rabies. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, dogs, coyotes and cats are the likely suspects. Other animals like otters and ferrets are also high risk. Mammals like rabbits, squirrels, rodents and opossums are rarely infected.
They can appear very aggressive, attacking for no reason. Some may act very tame. They may looks like they are foaming at the mouth or drooling because they cannot swallow their saliva. Sometimes the animal may stagger (this can also be seen in distemper). Not long after this point they will die. Most animals can transmit rabies days before showing symptoms.
Initially, like in many diseases, the symptoms are non-specific; fever, headache and malaise. This may last several days. At the site of the bite there may be some pain and discomfort. Symptoms then progress to more severe: confusion, delirium, abnormal behavior and hallucinations. If it gets this far, the disease is nearly 100% fatal.
The status of the man is unknown as of this writing.