Rabies Virus

by Briana Ervin

What are Rabies?

Rabies is a virus transmitted though an animal with the Rabies virus to a human by a bite. Rabies is mostly in Africa and Asia or places that don't have access to vaccines for humans or animals. Rabies can affect wild animals and domestic animals just as easy as humans can. Rabies kills thousands of people each year. Rabies is a deadly virus that is a

Cause of Rabies

The Cause of Rabies is a bite from an animal to a human and then going into the nervous system to the brain and then it affects all over the body. Rabies starts with a bite from an infected animal then transmitted to the human. After it is transmitted to the human it goes into the nervous system. Then the spinal cord to the brain. Finally it spreads throughout the body and now the person has been infected.

Symptom of Rabies

The symptoms of Rabies are...

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hydrophobia (trouble swallowing/ fear of water)
  • Excessive saliva
  • Hallucination
  • Partially Paralyzed

Part of the Body Effected

The body is effected in many ways by Rabies. When the Rabies virus transfers into you it starts in your nervous system. Then the virus spreads up to your spinal cord. Then finally it reaches your brain and effects your saliva glands, your thinking, and your emotions. Rabies effects your body little by little then controls your whole body.

Treatment

There are many different treatments to Rabies. One of the main ways to treat Rabies is a series of shots, four injections over the period of fourteen days. Animals are observed over a period of ten days to see if they have symptoms. If they have symptoms and test results say positive they go through with the shots. The first step of seeing if you have Rabies is to find the animal, if the animal is not found or could not be tested, you would most likely get the shots.

Prevention

Prevention for Rabies is easy. One of the easiest ways to prevent from getting Rabies is to keep your animals shots up to date. Another way is to keep your animals from getting Rabies is to keep smaller or any of your pets away from stray or aggressive animals. If you see a stray animal call the authority, but DO NOT try to take care of the problem by yourself. Finally you should get your shots undated when you need to.

Pump It Up

There are many ways to get Rabies. One very rare way to get Rabies is by an organ transplant! This has happens when the donor has no signs of Rabies but really has Rabies. Usually this happens when the donor was bit or the Rabies Virus got in through an open wound around the time of the transplant. When the recipient gets there new organ usually the virus goes with the organ that is why they think the recipient got bit or infected instead of the donor. After they find out where the Rabies is from both the recipient and the donor have to get the shots.

Bibliography

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Effects of Rabiesa. Digital image. ADAM. ADAM. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

"Rabies." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Mar. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

"Rabies." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.

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