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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
Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?
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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer