Rabies: Symptoms

As a rule, the first symptoms of rabies appear between 1 and 3 months after contagion. Once the disease is declared, the typical evolution of rabies passes through 3 stages characterized by different symptoms :

1) In the precursor stage of rabies, the following symptoms typically develop:

  • unusual pains such as headaches and loss of appetite,
  • burning and itching sensations, increased bite sensitivity,
  • often fever.

2) The acute neurological phase of rabies is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • anxiety and agitation,
  • difficulty swallowing, cramping of the throat muscles, caused by swallowing - and, consequently, the fear of drinking.
  • increased salivation.
  • a tendency to drool to avoid swallowing,
  • a changing mood (between aggressiveness and depression),
  • and sometimes also hydrophobia - the visual or acoustic perception of water can cause some agitation in the patient.

3) Coma, the last stage of rabies, is manifested by the following symptoms:

  • a decrease in cramps and agitation,
  • progressive paralysis,
  • death (often by respiratory arrest).
    Without immediate action, the rabies virus inevitably leads to death. If the affected person does not receive adequate care, death can occur within 7 days of the onset of the first symptoms of rabies.

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