Rabies

 

  • Rabies is viral disease that causes inflammation of brain (acute encephalitis) in warm-blooded animals.
  • It is zoonotic disease i.e. transmitted from one species to another, commonly by bite or scratch from infected animal such as dogs to humans.
  • The rabies virus infects central nervous system (CNS) and ultimately causes disease in brain and death.
  • Domestic dogs are most common reservoir of rabies virus.
  • Dog-mediated rabies accounts for more than 95% of human deaths.
  • Its symptoms include neurological problems and a fear of light and water.
  • Vaccination of pets helps to prevent and control rabies.

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