Symptoms of Rabies

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dr. simi paknikar
Medically Reviewed by dr. simi paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Sep 22, 2018
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What are the Symptoms of Rabies?

The initial symptoms of rabies are non-specific but may progress to mild fever, anxiety, agitation, hydrophobia, aerophobia, etc.

Usually the incubation period of rabies is 13 months, but may vary from less than 1 week to more than 1 year.

The initial symptoms of rabies are usually non-specific and suggest involvement of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and/or central nervous systems. Symptoms include-

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Pain and tingling at the site of the bite

Ten days later, the patient may experience-

  • Anxiety, agitation or depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Drooling
  • Convulsions
  • Increased excitability, which is the hallmark of the condition
  • Hydrophobia (fear of water) is present in half the patients. This is usually due to a difficulty with swallowing.
  • Aerophobia (fear of fresh air) is considered a characteristic feature of rabies
  • The patient goes on to develop fits and respiratory paralysis.

Death usually occurs within 10-14 days. Without intensive care, death occurs during the first seven days of illness.

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markanthony

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

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