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Rabies: Introduction

Rabies: Rabies is an acute and deadly viral infection of the central nervous system. It is one of the most terrifying diseases known to ... more about Rabies.

Rabies: An infectious disease that can affect any mammal including humans and is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. The infectious agent is the Neurotropic lyssavirus which affects the salivary gland and also causes neurological symptoms. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Rabies is available below.

Symptoms of Rabies

Treatments for Rabies

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Rabies?

Rabies: Related Patient Stories

Rabies: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Rabies

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Rabies may include:

  • Hydrophobinum homeopathic prevention and treatment
  • Belladonna homeopathic prevention and treatment
  • Stramonium homeopathic remedy
  • Hyoscyamus homeopathic remedy
  • Cantharis homeopathic remedy
  • more treatments »

Types of Rabies

  • Furious rabies - early uncontrolled behavior including biting.
  • Dumb rabies - later stages with apparent calm due to paralysis
  • more types...»

Rabies: Complications

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Causes of Rabies

  • Animal bite
  • 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 (type of Animal bite) - 5.5% of USA rabies cases
  • more causes...»

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Rabies: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Rabies

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Rabies: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Rabies: Rare Types

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Rabies: Animations

Prognosis for Rabies

Prognosis for Rabies: most infected people die without prompt treatment

Research about Rabies

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Clinical Trials for Rabies

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Prevention of Rabies

Prevention information for Rabies has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Rabies.

  • Immediately clean the animal bite wound - use soap and water, or just water if no soap.
  • Seek immediate medical attention - after a bite or exposure.
  • Rabies vaccine shots - taken as a safeguard, or as a preventive treatment after a bite or exposure.
  • Avoid wild animals
  • Pet vaccination
  • more preventions...»

Statistics for Rabies

Rabies: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Rabies

Rabies, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

Rabies is an acute and deadly viral infection of the central nervous system. It is one of the most terrifying diseases known to man. Although rabies in humans is rare in the United States, as many as 18,000 Americans get rabies shots each year because they have been in contact with animals that may be rabid (rabies-infected). In 1998 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one person died of rabies in this country. (Source: excerpt from Rabies, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

What is rabies?: DVRD (Excerpt)

Rabies is a disease that affects wild animals, domestic animals (like pets and livestock), and humans. It is caused by a virus. A virus is a very tiny germ. You can see the rabies virus only with a special electron microscope. Only mammals (warm-blooded animals with fur) can get rabies. (Source: excerpt from What is rabies?: DVRD)

Definitions of Rabies:

Acute infectious disease of the central nervous system affecting almost all mammals, including humans; it is caused by a rhabdovirus and usually spread by contamination with virus-laden saliva of bites inflicted by rabid animals; important animal vectors include the dog, cat, vampire bat, mongoose, skunk, wolf, raccoon, and fox. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Rabies is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Rabies, or a subtype of Rabies, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Rabies as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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