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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is rabies?

Rabies is a fatal viral disease. It can spread to people and animals if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. Rabies is mostly found in wild animals like stray dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. The rabies virus travels through nerve cells to the brain, where it multiplies rapidly, causing severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, often resulting in death.

Symptoms of rabies

  • Fever

  • Insect sting or injury from animals

  • Muscle pain

  • Bitten or scratched by an animal

  • Fatigue

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Seizure

  • My brain is not functioning right now

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rabies

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rabies

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you been bitten, scratched, stung by bugs (ex. bees) or animals (ex. dogs, cats, wild animals)

  • Do you have any muscle pain?

  • Have you been bitten or scratched by an animal?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for rabies

Once a rabies infection is established, there's no effective treatment, typically resulting in death (though a small number of people have survived). Hence it is advised to get vaccinated within 24 hours after an animal bite to prevent infection. Protection can last six months to two years, depending on the type of vaccine. Those who frequently handle wild animals may consider getting booster shots regularly.

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