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Some questions about rabies

Some questions about the ten days observation:
           The (third report) had wroted to in 1960:
start vaccine at first signs of rabies in the biting animal,start vaccine immediately;stop treatment if animal is normal on the fifth day after exposure.
The (second report) had wroted to in 2013:
Administer vaccine immediately.stop treatment if animal remains healthy throughout an observation period of 10 days or if animal is killed humanely and found to be negative for rabies by appropriate laboratory techniques.
(1)What is the reason for the observation of 5 days to become the ten days observation? Was there a case that breaks the five days observation?

(2) The word "healthy" in the ten days observation refers  that the animal is health or alive in tenth day?If it means health, how to judge? Because animals often die from disease to death need more than one day.
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I believe it is two different dates as you mention and they revised the procedure because the first one didn't work well. So 10 days is better. The only real way to tell if an animal has rabies is by looking for the virus in the brain  of the animal and that is by killing it. That is why they vaccinate the animal to begin with these days and there are laws here in the U.S. and other places and if there is an unvaccinated animal you have quaranteen them for 10 days or kill it and obsvere for rabies in the brain. The person also has to under go vaccination. Does that make sense?
could  you answer the second question?
Yes , in the animal The first symptoms of rabies may be nonspecific and include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and not eating much. After that the animals brain doesn't work right so they start acting odd like weird movements, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation. It just gets progressively worse as the animal starts to die.
If it means health?
So if the animal has no symptoms they are healthy and okay and then the person that was bitten is okay. If they have some symptoms then you have to see the doctor to get vaccinated if you haven't been vaccinated and have the animal taken in to check on them.
Also, if you or someone was bitten by the animal and the animal was not vaccinated and there is a risk that the animal could have been exposed then you or the person that was bitten should get vaccinated or see your doctor to decide what is best depending on the circumstances of what happened.
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