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How can you tell if you have rabies or not?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not until too late
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.

In brief: Not until too late
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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Rabies
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html

In brief: Rabies
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html
Dr. Stephen Pool
Dr. Stephen Pool
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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Rabies symptoms
Rabies is extremely rare in the United States, so right away the probability you have this drops significantly.
You need to have a 'real' exposure to rabies for it to occur. The symptoms at first are non-specific, such as fever, headache or feeling wiped out. Any neurologic symptom should be investigated by a doctor -- usually double vision, tingling, weakness are some of the neurological signs

In brief: Rabies symptoms
Rabies is extremely rare in the United States, so right away the probability you have this drops significantly.
You need to have a 'real' exposure to rabies for it to occur. The symptoms at first are non-specific, such as fever, headache or feeling wiped out. Any neurologic symptom should be investigated by a doctor -- usually double vision, tingling, weakness are some of the neurological signs
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Dr. Stephen Scholand
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