Seated left of center, wearing his blue and white shirt, this image depicts Ghanaian Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) resident, Eric Yirenkyi, as he was educating parents and children, on the details of proper wound care during part of a rabies outbreak investigation in the town of Suhum, Ghana, in February, 2014. Friends and co-tenants of a child recently admitted to the Eastern Regional Hospital, in Koforidua with rabies, were eagerly looking on.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.
See the links below, for more on rabies, or the FELTP.