Rabies

Etiology

  • VIrus
  • Bite from infected animal→ skunk, bat, squirrel, dog

Risk Factors

  • Travel to areas when animals unvaccinated, bite by wild animal

Symptoms

  • Hydrophobia
  • Incubation can be days to mos→ time to travel along pns to cns
  • F, ha, myalgias, arthralgias
  • Intermitent confusion/agitation
  • Sensitivity to sound/light
  • Pain at bite site
  • Autonomic dysfxn
  • 20% w/progressive flaccid paralysis, starting near bite
  • Sx onset to death avg 4d

Physical Exam Findings

  • F
  • Hydrophobia
  • Confusion/agitation
  • Autonomic instability
  • Progressive paralysis

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