1) The common and scientific name of the disease.7c00a009.gif

People commonly use Rabies or Rabies Virus, but for scientific name it's called rhabdovirus.

2) What causes it? How is it transmitted8c460310.gif

Rabies transmission usually begins when infected saliva of an animal is passed to an uninfected animal, through a bite. From the saliva's point of entry, the rabies virus travels along nerve cells to the brain. It multiplies there and moves to the salivary glands. In a rabid animal, the cycle is repeated when the animal bites a person or another animal. Rabies can caused by several ways:

1. Bite of an Rabid anima( the most common):

  • Raccoon bite - 44% of USA rabies cases

  • Skunk bite - 28.5% of USA rabies cases

  • Bat bite - 12.5% of USA rabies cases

  • fox bite - 5.5% -5.5% of USA rabies cases

2. bite from an infected animal

3. non-bite exposure(rare)

4. human-to-human transmission(rare)


3) What are the symptoms? How long do they last? Is it deadly?5e565bcb.gif

The period between infection and the first symptoms is normally two to twelve weeks, but can be as long as two years.The early symptoms of Rabies includes: Fever, Headache,General Tirdness, Discomfort, numbness, or pain at the site of the bite. Confusion,Slight or partial paralysis,Excitation,Hallucinations,Agitation,Hypersalivation,Difficulty swallowing and Hydrophobia (fear of water).


4) Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?oc_(11).gif

Every year 50000 ppl die of Rabies Rabies, Death almost invariably results two to ten days after the first symptoms; the few humans who are known to have survived the disease were all left with severe brain damage.The preferred method of treatment is five shots of human rabies immune globulin and a single shot of rabies vaccine. The shots must be given in 14 days after the initial exposure to be 100 percent effective, however, doctors recommend that you get treated immediately after a bite occurs. Some patients may develop redness and soreness around the injection site after the treatment has been administered.Rabies is rightly feared. By the time the symptoms appear, the disease can no longer be cured and almost always ends in death.


negatively Stained Rabies virus

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