Last Updated on Sep 22, 2018

What are the Causes of Rabies?

Rabies is caused by a virus.

It is usually transmitted to humans through the bite or scratch from an infected animal (rabid dogs) and less frequently by cats. It can also be transmitted if the infected saliva enters the body through broken skin. Rabies may be contracted by inhalation of virus-containing aerosol or via transplantation of an infected organ, but this happens very rarely.

From the wound site the virus enters the muscles and travels to the brain via the peripheral nerves. It multiplies in the brain and causes swelling or inflammation.

Other animals that can spread the rabies include:

  • Foxes
  • Bats
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks

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markanthony Friday, November 18, 2011

thanks for the article about this. i have learn many things about this and i am aware about rabies

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