What is Rabies?

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. This is usually transmitted through an animal bite, for example, from stray dogs. Symptoms include fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis and mental confusion. Seek immediate medical attention after a bite or suspected bite. There is no specific treatment available. Once symptoms appear, it’s nearly always fatal. A vaccine can prevent infection.

Lets know more about it in detail Rabies: 

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Pathogen : Rabies virus 
Mode of Transmission : Bite by a rabid dog. 
Incubation period : 10 days to 1-3 months depending upon the distance of bite from Central Nervous System (CNS), that is the brain or spinal cord. 
Symptoms
  (i) Severe headache and high fever. 
 (ii) Painful contraction of muscles of throat and chest. 
(iii) Choking and fear of water leading to death.
 Prevention and Cure 
  (i) Compulsory immunisation of dogs.
 (ii) Killing of rabid animals. 
(iii) Anti-rabies injections or oral doses are given to the person bitten by a rabid animal.
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Some questions which are asked generally:

Q1.Can humans survive this?
Though a small number of people have survived this, the disease usually causes death. For that reason, if you think you‘ve been exposed to rabiesyou must get a series of shots to prevent the infection from taking hold
 
Q2.Why are the affected patients afraid of water?
Rabies used to be known as hydrophobia because it appears to cause a fear of water. Intense spasms in the throat are triggered when trying to swallow. Even the thought of swallowing water can cause spasms.
 
Q3.Why is this not curable?
During infection of the brain, the permeability of the barrier can increase, allowing immune cells and antibodies through to help clear the infection. However, during infection with rabies virus, the blood brain barrier locks down, meaning nothing can get through, even antiviral drugs.
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I hope you all got to know about rabies, it’s symptoms, treatment and cure
 

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Subin Joshua
Author: Hi there, my name is Subin Joshua, and I am a Medical student. I grew up in a family of teachers and know that being a social worker is my calling. My passion for helping others has been evident in my involvement in helping the poor and needy for the last three years. Through those experiences, I have learned to interact with a diverse group of people, which has increased my ability to relate to others.