Rabies: Types, Symptoms & Causes

Rabies: Types, Symptoms & Causes

Rabies: Types, Symptoms & Causes
  • Healboat
  • March 17th, 2018
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Usually, people don’t understand the severity of Rabies. They don’t realize that disease is a life-threatening disease which is transmitted through the saliva of the infected animal. It is very important to vaccinate domestic animals like cats, dogs, and cattle to protect them from getting rabies-ridden.

The various symptoms of rabies may not appear initially and come after the incubation period. The incubation period is basically the time period between exposure to the virus and the appearance of symptoms. In this time period, the virus travels along nerves towards the brain and the symptoms may start appearing.

Sympoms od Rabies

Symptoms of Rabies

Initially, the indicators of disease are generalized and include weakness, fever, and headaches. Very often people misinterpret these symbols with the common flu without raising the suspicion of rabies as they are very similar to the common flu or other viral syndromes. Below we have listed out some of the signs of Rabies -

  • Fever
  • A headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fear of water (hydrophobia) because of the difficulty in swallowing
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Partial paralysis

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The symptoms mentioned above may indicate one of the two types of rabies either furious or the paralytic disease.

  • Paralytic disease: - In the paralytic rabies, the patients eventually become paralyzed and slowly slip into a coma, and die.
  • Furious disease: - Furious is the type of rabies in which people develop the symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, confusion, agitation and fear of water etc.


Rabies may be caused by the bite or the scratch of the infected animal. The rabies virus is carried through the saliva of the rabid animal and is able to enter the body through an opening in the skin, such as a bite wound. The high-risk animals which can cause disease include the following-

  • Bats
  • Raccoons
  • Foxes
  • Skunks
  • Woodchucks
  • Wild dogs


In recent time multiple steps have been taken in many countries to immunize wildlife populations using oral baits containing vaccines to reduce the diffusion of rabies.
Do not forget to share this blog with all the animal lovers and other people around you to make them aware of
thislife- threatening disease. 

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