The Rabies Virus

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Lately in health, I have studied the rabies virus. Rabies is a disease that is transmitted by a bite or wound which infected saliva enters.

Did you know there are two different types of rabies? One is called furious rabies. The symptoms are headache, fever, vomiting, and extreme salivation. Then there comes the period of excitement. This is where muscle pains and muscle spasms are caused by drinking water or swallowing. That is why animals with rabies foam at the mouth and are afraid of water. They also fear air blown in their face. This period only lasts a few days before the victim lapses into a coma and dies.

The other form of rabies is called dumb rabies. It starts out the some way as furious rabies, but instead of a period of excitement, the victim just slowly goes down hill. They become very still and quiet before also dieing.

All mammals can get rabies, even people. Believe it or not, rabies has been detected in every state except Hawaii. Usually, bats, dogs, foxes, and especially raccoons get rabies. If bitten by a rabid animal, go to the hospital immediately. Also, get a rabies vaccine. Most importantly, don’t get bit! Leave wild animals alone. They may be cute or playful, but they’re still wild. Just let them be!

A word of advice; be precautious. Rabies is more serious than people think.

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