Lyssavirus rabies

background information

In the 16th century, an Italian physician Girolamo Fracastoreo discovered that rabies was a fatal disease affecting humans as well as animals, calling it "an incurable wound.” However, it was Louis Pasteur a French biologist that created the first vaccine in 1885. When a boys parents found out a rabid dog had bitten him, they went to Pasteur begging him to help.

diseases caused by rabies

Rabies infection is caused by the rabies virus

some symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, agitation, anxiety, confusion, hyperactivity, difficulty swallowing, excessive saliva, fear of water, hallucinations, and partial paralysis

how rabies is passed on

Rabies is mostly transmitted to humans, and between animals, through the saliva of infected animals

treatments or prevention practices for rabies

Once a rabies infection is established, there's no effective treatment. The virus is usually fatal. You can prevent this virus by getting a vaccine

benefits and contributions to science/medicine

researchers at the University of Georgia have successfully tested a new treatment on mice that cures the disease even after the virus has spread to the brain



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