About 80% of patients with rabies develop an encephalitic form and 20% develop a paralytic form. The encephalitic form includes episodes of generalized arousal or hyperexcitability, aggressive behavior, confusion, hallucinations, fever and autonomic dysfunction. Hydrophobia is also a characteristic manifestation of rabies. The disease can be effectively prevented after a recognized exposure, but is almost invariably fatal once clinical disease develops.
Aug. 08, 2021