9 Warning Signs of Rabies

My Doctor Finder
October 05, 2015

Rabies is a deadly viral infection that is spread by infected animal saliva. If left untreated, it can lead to death. The key to fighting the virus is a quick response and proper knowledge. Once bitten, look out for these 9 warning signs for it may lead to a serious case of rabies. [1]

  • Pain at the bite site
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Depression

Philippines is one of the top 10 countries that is currently encountering rabies problems. [2] Annually, 300 to 400 Filipinos die from rabies. Rabies may come from different kinds of animals. Humans may be infected with rabies just from a single bite or scratch from dogs, cats, skunks, raccoons, and bats. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 99 percent of these cases were about individuals being bitten by a rabid dog. In addition, did you know that only 1 million out of the 9 million dogs across the country are vaccinated against rabies?

Once a person has been bitten by a rabid animal, the virus spreads through their nerves to the brain. The virus causes severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord that may eventually contribute to one’s death if left untreated. In most cases, with the span of 4 to 10 days, the infected individual will more likely be hyperactive and aggressive. They would also display unpredictable behavior towards unusual situations. Infected individuals will have insomnia, restlessness, paralysis, hallucinations, phobias specifically fear of water, anxiety, and an increase production of saliva. [3]

So once bitten, you may treat your wound by washing it for at least 15 minutes with soap and water. After washing the wound, wash it again with iodine or detergent for proper wound cleansing. Then instantly rush to the nearest hospital or clinic to get your anti-rabies vaccine. [4]

There are no medical tests to detect the early stages of rabies infection. Once the symptoms start to be present on the critical stage, the doctors will only determine an infected person through a blood or tissue test. Once you start showing the above said symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance. It is recommended to receive the rabies vaccine as quick as possible for death is not far behind. Here’s a list of the following general physicians that may be located wherever your location is:

[1] “Rabies Symptoms and Signs” by EMedicineHealth
[2] “Rabies in the Philippines” by World Health Organization – Western Pacific Region
[3, 4] “Rabies” by Shannon Johnson of Healthline