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How does rabies harm the brain?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Infects brain cells: Rabies viruses travel along the nerves, from the bite site all the way up to the brain. The viruses infect the brain, damaging the brain cells. Viruses can then spread from the brain, along the nerves, to many other parts of the body. The damaged brain no longer can function properly, so the victim loses the ability to think or do things, over a week or two, and dies.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Rabies: Rabies is a viral infection in which the virus travels to the brain after most commonly an animal bite. The infection is highly lethal unless treated early on with an anti-toxin.

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