The symptoms include a high temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above, chills, fatigue, (extreme tiredness), problems sleeping, lack of appetite, headache, irritability, anxiety, sore throat and vomiting, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, delusions, excessive production of saliva, excessive sweating and sustained erection in men.
At the time a rabid animal bites you, there's no way to know whether the animal has transmitted the rabies virus to you.
The treatment includes cleaning the wound, administering rabies immunoglobulin – a special preparation of antibodies and administering a course of the rabies vaccine.
There are three types of rabies vaccine:
- Human diploid cell vaccine (HDCV), which is created by using samples of human cells
- Purified chick embryo cell rabies vaccine (PCEC), which is created by using samples of chicken embryos
- Nerve tissue vaccine, which is created using samples of nerves taken from animal brains
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