What are the symptoms of rabies in humans?
  1. Incubation period - Usually 20-90 days, but maybe as short as nine days; very rarely as long as several years. There are no symptoms during this period.
  2. Prodromal Phase - 2 to 10 days
  • fever
  • anorexia (poor appetite), nausea, vomiting
  • headache
  • malaise, lethargy
  • pain or paresthesia (numbness or tingling) at the site of the bite
  • 3. Acute Neurological Phase - 2 to 7 days
  • hyperactivity
  • disorientation
  • hallucinations
  • seizures, neck stiffness
  • hydrophobia or aerophobia (intense fear of water or air caused by pain from tightening of muscles in the throat)
  • paralysis or weakness

4. Coma - 0-14 days

5. Death, or extremely rarely, recover

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1. What is the history of rabies in New Jersey?
2. How did the outbreak of rabies in raccoons get started in this part of the country?
3. What areas of New Jersey are affected the most?
4. How can I protect myself from being exposed to rabies?
5. How do I "animal-proof" my house and yard?
6. Do I still need to vaccinate my cats and dogs against rabies?
7. Why recommend that domestic animals get vaccinated if raccoons are the animals spreading rabies?
8. Can raccoons be vaccinated against rabies?
9. What should I do if I'm bitten or attacked by an animal?
10. Why does my dog or cat need to be observed if it bites someone?
11. If my ferret bites someone can my ferret be observed for 10 days?
12. Can I get rabies from a squirrel or a mouse?
13. Why do animals need to be killed in order to be tested for rabies?
14. How do people get rabies?
15. What are the symptoms of rabies in humans?
16. Is there a treatment for rabies?
17. What is the protocol for rabies post-exposure treatment?
18. What are the chances that I will get rabies if I am exposed to a rabid animal and don't get the rabies treatment?
19. How can rabies be prevented?