Rabies is an acute infectious disease of humans and animals caused by the rabies virus – rhabdovirus. Rabies virus leads to severe damage to the nervous system – specific encephalitis and, as a rule, ends with the death of the patient – after the onset of symptoms of the disease, there is no chance of salvation. Prevent the development of the disease can only urgent vaccination immediately after infection.
How rabies virus infection occurs
The main carriers of rabies virus are animals: both wild – wolves, foxes, rats, and agricultural, domestic and homeless – cows, dogs, cats. Theoretically, any warm-blooded animal, including humans, can be a virus carrier. But in most cases, a person is infected with a bite of a sick dog. Continue reading