What Are The Symptoms of Rabies In Humans?

Rabies symptoms in humans typically progress in stages:

  1. Prodromal Stage:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Pain, itching, or tingling at the site of the bite
  2. Acute Neurological Stage:
    • Agitation, anxiety, and confusion
    • Hallucinations
    • Excessive saliva production (foaming at the mouth)
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Muscle spasms, especially in the throat and diaphragm
    • Paralysis
  3. Coma and Death:
    • Once symptoms progress to this stage, it’s often fatal.

Rabies is a medical emergency, and if you suspect exposure to the virus, seek immediate medical attention. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear, so it’s crucial to receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) before symptoms develop if you’ve been bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal.

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