Rabies in humans is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain after being bitten by an animal that is carrying the disease.
The first symptoms of rabies are typical to those of the flu, such as weakness and discomfort, fever, and headache. These symptoms may last for days. Diagnoses and quick treatment is critical during those first few days.
According to the CDC, “the acute period of disease typically ends after 2 to 10 days. Once clinical signs of rabies appear, the disease is nearly always fatal, and treatment is typically supportive. Disease prevention includes administration of both passive antibody, through an injection of human immune globulin and a round of injections with rabies vaccine.”
“Once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is extremely rare. To date less than 10 documented cases of human survival from clinical rabies have been reported and only two have not had a history of pre- or post exposure prophylaxis.”
The video below is from the early 1960’s, and it documents an Iranian patient over the course of five days that was bitten by a rabid wolf.
Here’s a list of what happens in order: restlessness and agitation, difficulty in swallowing, rejection of liquids, copious foaming, excessive perspiration, dilation of pupils, convulsions, delirium, paralysis, apathy and coma followed by death.
Human With Rabies
Rabies in humans is extremely rare, there was only one recorded case in the U.S. last year. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below before you go.
Credits: Scientific content, D.M. Reynolds; film production, Motion Picture Department, University Extension, Berkely Campus.