Rabies is a deadly virus that spreads to people through the saliva of infected animals. A dog bite or a scratch exposed to licking by animals causes the virus to enter the nervous system, resulting in brain damage or even death. The virus is mostly transmitted through a bite.
The animals which are most likely to transmit the Rabies virus to humans are:
The wild animals include:
Initially Rabies does not cause any signs and symptoms, till late in the disease, mostly few days before death. The signs and symptoms include:
- High fever
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Excessive salivation
- Fear of water
- Partial paralysis
There is no specific effective treatment for the Rabies infection. Once a person is infected with the Rabies virus, then it is difficult to cure. If medical help is taken within ten days, then it can be effective.
As Rabies is caused by a virus, one should consult a Virologist.