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pathogenesis effect of hydrophobia on rabies?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: People affected by rabies are not actually afraid of water but their anxiety seems exaggerated by encounter with water because of dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Here's why: Animals with rabies cannot swallow their saliva and this make them more likely to transmit the infectious agent via a bite. The disease also makes them want to bite others by damaging the brain. So the different aspects of the infection work together to transmit it.

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Can I get rabies from an infected person or can I only get it from animals?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, from a person: A person can catch rabies from an infected person if the infected person's saliva gets into the non-infected person's eyes, nose, mouth, or skin wounds. A person can also get rabies if he is bitten by an infected person. If a rabies-exposed person is already getting his rabies vaccines, he is considered "safe" and not contagious, but family members should verify that with the bite victim's doctor.
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How common is rabies in an average us city?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Extremely rare: The average U.S. City should not have rabies, due to the success of pet vaccination programs and animal control programs. Rabies in the U.S. Is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. Urban areas have very few of these animals. However, exposure (such as a bite) from such an animal requires a visit to the doctor to decide whether or not rabies shots should be given to the patient.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Will I turn violent if I get rabies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Quite likely: If one gets infected with rabies, he has an incubation period in which he shows no symptoms. When symptoms begin, he will feel some flu-like symptoms. Then comes the bad brain symptoms, with some erratic violent behavior plus foaming at the mouth, and death some days later from paralysis and coma. The flu-like symptoms can last days to a week or so, and the rabid behavior another week or so.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is rabies more prevalent in third world countries?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, from rabid dogs: Rabid dog bites are uncommon in the U.S.. Most of the rabies exposures here are from bats or other animals. In developing countries, there are many cases of rabies from dog bites.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for rabies to manifest?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Historically, the incubation period is from 3-7 weeks but it has been reported from 10 days to 7 years. Nevertheless, once the infection sets in, the disease has been almost always fatal. If you suspect it at all, seek immediate medical care!

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