Hydrophobia (Rabies)

  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/15/11
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 O 5 k
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Hydrophobia or Rabies is a viral disease of mammals. It can be transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected animals. Domestic animals such as dogs, cats and cattle may carry the disease as well as wild animals. Rabies virus infects the central nervous system, causing encephalopathy and ultimately death. Early symptoms of rabies in humans are nonspecific, consisting of fever, headache, and general malaise. As the disease progresses, neurological symptoms appear and may include insomnia, confusion, paralysis, hallucinations, difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of symptoms.