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What is the connection between rabies and hydrophobia?

What is the connection between rabies and hydrophobia?

Late stage of diseas: Hydrophobia is a symptom in the late stage of rabies, where the patient has difficulty (and subsuquent fear) of swallowing water. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more


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Why are people affected by rabies show the symptoms of hydrophobia?

Why are people affected by rabies show the symptoms of hydrophobia?

Misunderstanding: 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). ...Read more

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Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Look it up: The information is out there. You don't even need to leave your laptop. A simple Google search will give you this information. Part of the purpose of your coursework is for you to learn how to do research. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a rabies treatment?

Is there a rabies treatment?

Yes: After, possible exposure, the person should begin treatment with rabies immune globulin. If symptoms are present, treatment will probably not help. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rabies?

No: Since there's very little standard treatment for rabies once the disease has begun, it's hard to talk about "alternative treatments." someone with rabies should be hospitalized. There have been a few cases of survival with an induced coma. The most important way to deal with rabies is to give human rabies immunoglobulin (hrig) and Rabies Vaccine after exposure, before the onset of disease. ...Read more

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Can I prevent rabies if I get bit, but then immediately take a rabies vaccination?

Can I prevent rabies if I get bit, but then immediately take a rabies vaccination?

Yes, several shots: If a person was bit by a rabid animal, and he got: his wound properly washed out, his rabies IgG properly given, and his rabies vaccines properly given, all within the recommended time periods, then he can presume that he will not get rabies. Nothing is 100% certain in life, but proper rabies treatment works. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to prevent rabies?

Preventing rabies: The best way is to avoid being bitten by any wild animals, especially bats. Rarely, domestic dogs and cats can become rabid if bitten by wild animals, and transmit to humans. Racoons and rodents can be infested. Post-exposure prophylaxis can be provided to people who are bitten. About 50, 000 people die worldwide with rabies each year, but only ~2 cases diagnosed in the us/year from 1980-2010. ...Read more

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What is the connection between rabies and hydrophobia?

Late stage of diseas: Hydrophobia is a symptom in the late stage of rabies, where the patient has difficulty (and subsuquent fear) of swallowing water. ...Read more

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Why are people affected by rabies show the symptoms of hydrophobia?

Misunderstanding: 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). ...Read more