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What are the first signs of a rabies infection?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Rabies symptoms

For rabies to occur, there usually has to be a recognizable exposure - such as a dog, cat or other mammal bite.
Sometimes bats are involved, but that may not always include a bite. Since rabies is a viral infection - the first symptoms are 'non-specific' like headache, fever or malaise (feel wiped out). Further in the course, more characteristic symptoms develop like hydrophobia. See an MD.

In brief: Rabies symptoms

For rabies to occur, there usually has to be a recognizable exposure - such as a dog, cat or other mammal bite.
Sometimes bats are involved, but that may not always include a bite. Since rabies is a viral infection - the first symptoms are 'non-specific' like headache, fever or malaise (feel wiped out). Further in the course, more characteristic symptoms develop like hydrophobia. See an MD.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Fever aches malaise

The first signs of rabies in a person is flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and malaise (feeling general discomfort).
Unless a person knows he was exposed to rabies, he probably would not suspect his flu-like symptoms were from rabies. Since his symptoms have begun, his rabies infection is presumed to be fatal, but he should still try to get medical care.

In brief: Fever aches malaise

The first signs of rabies in a person is flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and malaise (feeling general discomfort).
Unless a person knows he was exposed to rabies, he probably would not suspect his flu-like symptoms were from rabies. Since his symptoms have begun, his rabies infection is presumed to be fatal, but he should still try to get medical care.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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