Rabies: The Mad Dog Disease – Biological Times

Rabies: The Mad Dog Disease

Publication Date : 26/02/2023

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Volume 2
Issue 2
(02 - 2023)

Abstract :

The Rabies virus belongs to the genus Lyssavirus which is a member of Rhabdoviridae. It is a zoonotic disease that commonly affects bats, foxes, and dogs. When a rabid animal bites a susceptible organism, the virus moves toward the brain through peripheral nerves and then from the brain toward different organs. It has three major phases;phases: the prodromal phase, the excitation phase, and the paralytic phase. Diagnosis of rabies is very difficult because most animals may die without showing any clinical signs or develop a dumb phase or paralytic phase. In order to prevent this from happening, we must dispose of the carcasses of dead rabid animals properly and follow the vaccination schedule in live susceptible hosts.

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