Symptoms of Rabies


Some folks have been concerned about animals that show up near their home and wonder if they could be sick. Most likely they have been acclimated to people and are just curious. They are just “visiting” and will eventually head back to where they came from.
For your information, though, here are some of the symptoms of rabies:

An animal exposed to the rabies virus may not experience the onset of symptoms for 2 weeks, up to many months. The rabies virus can be found in an animal’s saliva days before any obvious signs make their appearance. But ultimately, any animal that has the virus will develop rabies and eventually die of the disease. That is why it is important to take precautions when dealing with any wild animal.

Foaming at the mouth and erratic behavior are two of the most widely known rabies symptoms. However, there are actually 2 categories of behavior that rabies produces: “dumb” and “furious” rabies.

Dumb Rabies

  • Animals may become depressed and retreat to isolated places.
  • Wild animals may lose their fear of humans.
  •  Signs of paralysis such as a drooping head, paralyzed hind limbs, abnormal facial expressions, and a sagging jaw.

Furious Rabies

Animals may show extreme excitement and aggression such as:

  • Attacking stationary objects or other animals/humans.
  • Gnawing and biting their own limbs.

Like all mammals, bats can contract rabies, although very few do. Bats rarely become aggressive. They quickly die from the disease and outbreaks in their colonies are rare. The odds of being harmed by a rabid bat are remote if you just do not handle bats. If it is easy to catch, assume it is sick!


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