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Things to Know About Rabies

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In a time after social collapse, it is likely that cities and other heavily populated areas will be abandoned by humans.  At the same time, rats and other animals that can carry rabies in any environment, can proliferate to dangerous levels.  Even though rabies is relatively well controlled at this time in population dense areas, it can become  a major health problem during and after a social collapse. Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal or human in the saliva. Once a human shows any of the symptoms of rabies, it is almost always fatal.

 

How is rabies transmitted?

 

Even though rabies is usually transmitted via a bite from an infected organism, it is also possible to get infected if the saliva from an infected organism gets into any other open wound.  The virus can also be transmitted to you if it comes into contact with mucous membrane such as those found in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

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In the United States, rabies are usually spread most by raccoons, skunks, foxes, wolves, coyotes, cattle, dogs, cats, bats, and opossums, although any mammal can serve as a vector.  Since rabid bats are found in all 48 lower states, they are considered a key vector.  While it is possible for smaller rodents like mice, rats, chipmunks, gerbils, hamsters, or squirrels to become infected, they don’t usually live long enough to spread the disease because the rabid animal usually kills them even if they don’t consume the body.   No matter how hungry you are, or how fresh the carcass may seem, never consume a dead mammal if you aren’t sure of what killed it.  

 

Symptoms of Rabies

 

The symptoms of rabies can show up within days to 12 weeks of becoming infected. If you are bitten by any wild animal or other animal that is acting strange, it is very important that you seek immediate medical attention.  In addition, if you notice any human or animal acting strangely, it is best to exercise caution and do what you can to reduce the risk of being infected with rabies.  Without a question, after a major social collapse, you will need to be cautious with people and mammals that may be infected.  

 

In the first 2 ‚Äď 12 days of noticeable symptoms, victims may feel like they have a mild case of the flu that gets progressively worse. ¬†Progressive symptoms may include:

 

  • Headache- ¬†Starts off mild then turns into a constant pressure. The pain will start either in the front or back of the head and move slowly the top of the head. The magnitude of the pain may vary during the day. A person will be sensitive to both sound and light and possibly feel dizzy.
  • Anxiety- ¬†Rising heart rates, diarrhea, constipation, and a sharp burning pain in your chest. ¬†¬†Both humans and animals suffering from extreme anxiety may also begin to exhibit personality changes at this stage. ¬†¬†
  • Loss of appetite- This will progress until dehydration, organ failure or starvation occur. ¬†Instead of starvation euphoria which can occur with other diseases, rabies can cause depression and a sense of helplessness.
  • Muscle spasms- These are very common with victims of rabies, and is caused by dehydration and electrolyte loss. ¬†These muscle spasms are sometimes so strong and painful that it is impossible for the individual to move.
  • Confusion- Both humans and animals appear confused and unsure about what to do. ¬†For example, normally nocturnal animals may be seen during the day, or wild animals may approach in a seemingly friendly manner. ¬†¬†
  • Agitation- This is an early symptom of rabies and shows up 10 to 15 days after contracting the disease. ¬†Periods of feeling irritated, tensed, or confused may be mixed with manic episodes of extreme anxiety, dementia, uncontrollably high activity levels, and fear of simple things.
  • Fever- This rise in temperature may be accompanied by shivering, headache, and delirium.
  • Difficulty in swallowing- The victim of rabies has a feeling of an obstruction in their throat which traps food, water and saliva. ¬†Reduction in ability to swallow increases the amount of saliva available to be transferred into a bite. ¬†Eventually difficulty swallowing turns into a fear of water. ¬†Throat spasms and other painful symptoms can occur even at the thought of drinking water.
  • Excessive salivation- As the virus multiplies, the salivary glands go into overdrive to increase transmission of the disease. ¬†¬†
  • Photophobia- ¬†Fear of light and extreme sensitivity to it.
  • Hallucinations- ¬†Victims of rabies may have auditory, visual, or tactile hallucinations.
  • Nightmares and insomnia ‚Äď Inability to sleep, and any rest time may be plagued by anxiety and nightmares.
  • Seizures- Victims of rabies may also have seizures as the virus gets into the brain.
  • Partial paralysis- ¬†in human victims of rabies, paralysis of the face, hands, or vocal cords are common.

 

How Rabies Travels Through the Nervous System

 

Once rabies enters the body, it will continuously move towards the brain.  Once in the brain, it causes extreme inflammation which ultimately causes coma and death.  Here are some things to bear in mind about how rabies travels through the body and the progressive stages.  

 

  1. After the rabies enters the body, it will move towards the nearest part of the nervous system. If it happens to reach a nerve that is part of the central nervous system, it will take some time before it reaches the brain.  It is important to note that from the moment the rabies virus enters the body, it is able to evade and suppress the immune system while using the nerves as a vector to reach the brain.  
  2. The rabies virus can also enter peripheral nervous system and travel directly to the brain. The peripheral nervous system is defined as the part of the nervous system that is outside the central nervous system and comprises of the cranial nerves excepting the optic nerve, the spinal nerves, and the autonomic nervous system.

 

Treatment For Rabies

 

When you come into contact with an infected individual or saliva from one, there is no way to tell if the individual, is actually infected or if they have successfully transmitted the disease.  Waiting for symptoms to occur will remove a very small window that you have for not being killed by rabies.  This is why doctors recommend getting treatment and starting on vaccine shots for rabies immediately.  

 

  • Usually the first shot given is the rabies immunoglobulin. It is injected as close to the bite or entry site as possible. ¬†The goal is to prevent the virus from getting into the nervous system. ¬†
  • The rabies vaccine series prompts your body fight the virus in case it has moved past the initial infection site. Vaccine shots are given on days 3, 7, and 14 over the next two weeks. ¬†If you previously received the pre-exposure vaccination, you will not need the immunglobulin. ¬†Instead, the doctor will only give you post exposure vaccinations on days 1 and 3.

 

How to Avoid Getting Rabies

 

Following these steps now as well as during a major crisis can help you avoid getting rabies. If you do become infected, make sure that those around you know where to go to get help, and how to manage the situation.

 

  1. Vaccination- If you plan to travel in third world countries like Africa or India, get vaccinated. If you are concerned about a rabies outbreak during a major crisis, you can also get vaccinated now.
  2. Vaccinate your pets- This will protect them from catching and passing on rabies.
  3. Keep pets confined and under control-  If your pets do go outdoors, make sure they are always under your control and are supervised.
  4. Do not approach wild animals- Animals with rabies are less cautious and will approach you.
  5. Report stray animals to police or animal control- These city groups can capture and remove any animals seen running loose or freely roaming.
  6. Get to know and understand animal behavior. If you see symptoms of rabies in an animal, do not hesitate to report it to animal control or the police.  During a social collapse or other major crisis, you may need to decide whether or not to kill the animal in order to reduce the risk of it spreading rabies.
  7. Keep bats out of your home. Remember, they can transmit rabies without actually biting you.
  8. If you suspect a human is infected with rabies, and you must interact with them, wear gloves, face shields, and other protective gear that will prevent you from being bitten or coming into contact with saliva.  
  9. Wash the bite- Wash the bites or scratches for 15-20 minutes in hot soapy water and antiseptic iodine.  After washing out the wounds, go to a hospital for rabies treatment.  Unfortunately, there are no viable scientific studies to date to determine if anti-viral herbs can be used against rabies. If there are no hospitals or medical care available due to severe social collapse, it is worth a try; however be aware it can fail.  

 

In conclusion, rabies can be well controlled in the US, but in a time of social collapse, rabies can kill a large number of people.  Knowing the symptoms of rabies and seeking proper medical care can save your life.  It is also very important to know how to avoid rabies and prevent its transmission.

 

* A Scott Hughes original for FP!

 

** Feature picture by Pest Kill.

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After watching the 1999 romantic comedy, ‘Blast from the Past,’ I had always wondered about the genius of Dr. Calvin Webber who managed 35 years in an underground shelter. His wife gave birth to an only child Adam, who ventured out into the outside world for the first time in his 35th year. The point is the film convinced its viewers very realistically that it is possible to live isolated for at least 35 years if we make meticulous plans. 

History is overloaded with numerous examples of self-sufficient lifestyles. Many communes had developed their norms to survive and maintain law and order within their secluded lands. There are many anecdotes about people living their lives without interacting with the external world. The “Lena and Ole” compilations are based on Norwegians who chose the upper lands of the Midwest as their foster homes. Here is a one-liner, 

“Ole painted the barn in July and had put on two jackets because the user manual of the paint said- Put on two coats!”

This is an inadvertent simple joke that has no ill intentions. Will Rogers once said, “Everything is funny as long as it’s happening to someone else.” Homesteading is no easy task. At the same time, it is a style that has no substitute once you get used to it. 

The Age of Information

Our generation is blessed with information at our fingertips, I mean, literally. Today a shepherd boy living in a remote African village has more information on his smartphone than was available only to the President of the United States at a certain age. My point is that the film ‘Blast from the past’ could not be conceived today nor would Ole put on two jackets to paint the barn. Homesteading is fine for people who live on “land,” but what about the inhabitants of apartments? 

The Homesteading Lifestyle

What happens in a homestead that is independent of the outside society? The inhabitants have the necessities within the confines of their boundaries for a decent existence. Let us have a look at the methods used by homesteaders to live. First we need to define the term in simple language.

An individual, a family, or a whole society can live within the set geographical limits of a designated area. We are talking about homesteading in an apartment, so let us focus on an individual or a small family. 

Definition of Homesteading in an Apartment

A single-family existing within the household compound of an apartment building to live, work, and earn can be defined as homesteading. 

This layman’s definition will give rise to a lot of questions which we shall be attempting in the content that follows. 

OK, let us now get on with living our dream life homesteading in our apartments.

A Farm Inside the Apartment

I will begin by growing my food and advance on to sophisticated produce along the way. Start small by growing your salad bowl.

i. Get hold of enough grow bags or containers. Search the net for required sizes and DIY ideas.

ii. Prepare the soil by using proper potting mix.

iii. Tomato is a good option- cherry tomato would be my suggestion. 

iv. Other plants for our salad bowl should be lettuce and basil plants. 

v. Take care of the plants with good nursing practices. Place them on the balcony where there is enough sun.

vi. Carrots can be grown inside car battery covers in the interior of the apartment.

vii. You can make organic fertilizer at home. 

You are now the proud owner of an organic farm. 

Tip: Grow lights can substitute for the sun.

Other Items I Can Grow

Once you get the hang of interior farming, we can move on to other crops. 

Strawberries: They can be grown in containers or grow bags, but need a hydroponic watering system. We will discuss that later. 

Herbs: Mints, lavender, and rosemary are good choices. They will come in handy to prepare a good cup of hot tea. They can also be used to make soaps and oils. Herbs will add flavor to many dishes. 

Micro Greens: With some quality seeds you can begin. The first harvest will provide seeds for the next. 

Sprouts: With a jar and some cheesecloth or mess top we can grow our sprouts for a stir fry or sandwich. 

A Hydroponic System

Even if you are growing food using containers and potting soil, a hydroponic system will let you increase the quantity. It avoids a lot of mess as it advocates a system of soilless farming. They come in compact designs or vertical configurations. 

They can be bought or constructed by learning the numerous DIY strategies available online. 

Manufacture Manure at Home

Organic fertilizer can be made at home by the clever utilization of food waste. Get a container with a good lid. Put some gravel and soil at the bottom. Introduce worms for worm composting. Empty all bio-degradable garbage into the container. You will get enough environment-friendly fertilizer for the farm. This method frees you from the chore of taking out the garbage. 

Tip: Do not expose the manure cans to sunlight. It can cook worms. 

Grow Mushrooms

Did you know mushrooms are grown only indoors for industrial farming? Get an edible mushroom kit to begin your first batch in a dark corner of your apartment. 

Meat On The Table

Did you wonder for a moment what crazy idea I was going to put forth? Quails!

They are very silent birds that need only very little space. They give a lot of eggs and quail meat is way above chicken, beef, and pork in its health advantages. Quails being small birds, need only a little feed, and kitchen scraps go well with them. 

Mini Solar Power House

Did you know solar panels don’t require direct sunlight? They need good lighting and it is advised to install the panels at a good spot on the patio or balcony. 

Depending upon the capacity of the panels, you can increase the number of appliances that run on solar power. They can be used for grow lights and also for pumps used in the hydroponic system. 

A Self-Reliant Life

Once we have become self-sufficient in food matters, we can think about cutting out other purchases. This will also involve income creation. Do your homework to get as many DIY ideas as possible. We can begin the process by gaining ideas by:

i. Visiting other homesteaders or communes.

ii. Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture.

iii. Visiting farmer’s markets.

We can enrich our homesteading experience within the confines of an apartment by progressing on to a more autonomous lifestyle by integrating the following activities:

i. Do own baking for bread and other items.

ii. Learn and engage in carpentry.

iii. Do your own electric and plumbing jobs.

iv. Learn to stitch to make your garments (trust me, it is far easier than you believed.)

Before Going Shopping

Whenever the need to buy something comes up, take a few moments to ponder whether it is something you can create using your potential. Not only will you be learning a new skill, but also it may help you earn. Remember, the Wright brothers had never flown an airplane till they became the first humans to become airborne on a machine. 

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called ‚Äúairplane mode‚ÄĚ stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

…

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now Рrumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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