What Is Rabies?
Infectious Diseases

What Is Rabies?

    What Is Rabies?

    Rabid dogs are responsible for more than 50% of human deaths from animal bites. Learn about the disease and what you should do if you encounter one!

    Rabies is a viral infection that affects both humans and animals. It causes fever, headache, muscle aches, and weakness. The virus attacks the nervous system and eventually leads to death.


    What İs Rabies?

    Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus called “Rabies virus.” This virus is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. Once an animal has been bitten by another animal with rabies, the virus enters the body through the wound and travels along nerves to the brain.


    How does it spread?

    Rabies spreads quickly because it attacks the nervous system. If you come into contact with the saliva of an infected animal, you will become ill within days. You can also contract the disease if you handle the carcass of an infected animal without wearing gloves.


    What are its symptoms?

    Once rabies has entered the body, it travels through the bloodstream to the brain. This results in a series of neurological symptoms, such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. These symptoms usually appear between 3 and 8 days after exposure.


    How is it treated?

    There is no cure for rabies once it enters the central nervous system. However, there are treatments available to prevent the virus from spreading further. If you suspect that you have been bitten by an infected dog, contact your local emergency department immediately. They will provide you with instructions on how to properly treat the wound.


    Can I get rabies vaccine?

    You can receive a rabies vaccination at any veterinary clinic. This is usually done as part of a routine wellness exam.

    The content of the page is for informational purposes only, please consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

    Infectious Diseases

    Prof. M.D.

    Alaettin PAHSA

    Koru Sincan Hospital

    Infectious Diseases

    Specialist M.D.

    Ali ÖZÖN

    Koru Ankara Hospital