How does rabies affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The rabies virus uses the body's nerves as a pathway to its ultimate destination -- the brain. From there it invades the salivary glands, causing the patient to salivate too much and making it easy to spread the virus through a bite. Unless treated, rabies eventually settles in the brain, reproducing until the patient begins to act strangely and eventually dies. However, patients who get rabies treatment before they feel any symptoms will not suffer or experience the serious consequences.

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