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What are the symptoms of rabies?

Initial symptoms of rabies can include fever; chills; headache; sore throat; loss of appetite; vomiting; discomfort; irritability; and pain, tingling and itching at the site of the bite. A few days after these symptoms, symptoms of the nervous system can appear. These come in two forms, known as furious rabies and paralytic rabies. Furious rabies symptoms can include drooling, sweating, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, convulsions, changes in mental state, insomnia and fear of water (hydrophobia). Paralytic rabies symptoms can include muscle weakness, loss of muscle control and paralysis.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Dengue fever

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