Signs of Rabies in Humans

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WTNH– It’s important to know the signs of rabies, so people infected can get treated right away before the disease turns fatal.

Below is a list of symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Flu like Symptoms
  • General Weakness
  • Discomfort
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Prickling or Itching Sensation at Site of Bite
  • Cerebral Dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Agitation

As the disease progresses:

  • Delirium
  • Abnormal Behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia

Passive antibody through an injection of the human immune globulin as well as a few rounds of injections of the rabies vaccine are used for disease prevention.

The acute disease usually ends after 2 to 10 days. Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal. There is typically supportive treatment

According to CDC, less than 10 documented cases of survival in humans from clinical rabies have been reported and two have not had a history of pre- or postexposure prophylaxis.

For more information on rabies, go to www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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