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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Overview)

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 to swallow the saliva.


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How does rabies harm the brain?

How does rabies harm the brain?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
392 doctors shared insights

Rabies (Overview)

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 to swallow the saliva.


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Is hypersalivation a prodromal symptom of rabies or does it begin in the acute neurological phase? I'm having foamy saliva but no neuro problems.

Is hypersalivation a prodromal symptom of rabies or does it begin in the acute neurological phase? I'm having foamy saliva but no neuro problems.

Were you exposed?: Were you exposed to rabies from a bite from an infected animal? If so, you should see a physician immediately. Hypersalivation is only one of many symptoms of rabies. Hydrophobia is more common in the late stages. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Checklist)

Before any travel, inquire about any local rabies problems
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If bitten by an unknown/wild animal, follow-up with your doctor
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Consider rabies prophylaxis if there is a high risk as deemed by MD
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What are the symptoms of rabies in humans and how soon do they appear?

See below: The incubation period for rabies is less than 30 days in 25% of cases, less than 90 days in 75% of cases and more than 1 year in 5%. The furious form presents with hydrophobia, delirium, agitation and seizures. The paralytic form presents with ascending paralysis. Both types eventually lead to coma and death. ...Read more

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When should the first signs of rabies appear?

When should the first signs of rabies appear?

Variable: The virus has to travel to the brain so the further the bite is from the brain the longer it takes to manifest. So you die sooner from a bite to the face than one to the foot... http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Tip)

Preventing Rabies

Do have your pet vaccinated.Do not touch any wild animals.Any bite or scratch by animal, call your md. ...See more

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What happens if you have rabies?

What happens if you have rabies?

Many things: Incubation time is from 3-7 weeks (historically) but can occur as early as 10 days after exposure. Symptoms may include: anxiety, tension, drooling, convulsions, exaggerated sensation or pain at bite site, excitability, loss of sensation and muscle function, fevers to 102, muscle spasms, swallowing problems, numbness and tingling. Rarely do people with the disease survive, even if treated. ...Read more

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How many shots to you get if you got bit and no animal to test for rabies?

5: If deemed an at risk bite due to the species (ex skunk) one gets1 dose of hrig and 4 doses of rabies vaccine ted butler md. ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Tip)

Preventing Rabies

Best ways to avoid snake bites are hiking boots that cover the lower leg and alertness of surroundings. ...See more