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first_imgWhy is it called Hydrophobia?Rabies is medically termed hydrophobia (fear of water or any liquid) because with the onset of paralysis, which also affects the oropharyngeal muscles and the swallowing and breathing centers in the brain, the person infected with rabies is unable to swallow, especially liquid, and has the sensation of choking when they try to drink.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionWhat is the cause of Rabies?Rabies is caused by a neurotrophic (nervous system invading) virus, which is present in the saliva of rabid animals. Rabid animals transmit the disease by biting other animals or humans. Hydrophobia in dogs in prevalent in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In the United States effective vaccination programs have largely eliminated canine rabies, but since the 1960s, bites from wild animals, like bats, have resulted in infrequent cases of human rabies in America. MOST READ Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege The incubation period (time from the bite to the appearance of symptoms) of hydrophobia in humans varies from 10 days to a year, with an average of 30 to 50 days. Some strains outside of the United States may have longer incubation periods but bites in the head and trunk have the shortest incubation period.What are the symptoms of rabies?The disease usually starts with depression, restlessness, fever and malaise. The restlessness grows to an uncontrollable excitement, with excessive salivation and excruciatingly painful spasms of the laryngeal and pharyngeal muscles when attempting to swallow. There is also a reflex irritability of the swallowing and breathing centers in the brain, when swallowing liquid. The patient is usually very thirsty but has extreme fear of water. Similar signs and symptoms can be seen in animals infected with rabies.Are pet dogs and cats immune to rabies?No, they are not immune from getting rabies infection. This is why veterinarians strongly recommend pets to have anti-rabies vaccination regularly, besides other prophylactic (preventive) medications for heart worms, etc.Can a rabid animal transmit rabies by licking?Experts say no, licking by a rabid animal does not transmit rabies unless there is a break in the skin area where the rabid animal licks. Intact mucus membrane (lining of the eyes, nose, mouth) contamination with saliva of a rabid animal does not cause rabies. The most prudent thing to do is to consult your physician if this happens, because there are other factors to consider.Can human bites cause rabies?Yes, most definitely, if the person biting has contracted rabies. As in animals, the virus is found in the saliva of humans who are rabid. Therefore, a person who develops rabies (from a rabid animal bite) can certainly transmit rabies by biting a fellow human or an animal.How is the diagnosis made? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Email: [email protected] Next Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Muggsy Bogues tells Filipino NBA hopefuls: ‘Believe’ LATEST STORIES Indian coffee magnate’s body found by river What is Hydrophobia?Hydrophobia is the medical term for rabies, an acute infectious disease of mammals, especially the carnivorous ones, characterized by pathology in the central nervous system, leading to paralysis and death. The most common source is the bite of a rabid dog.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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