Information for Veterinarians
Rabies is a severe zoonotic encephalitis in mammals caused by a Rhabdovirus of the genus Lyssavirus. Clinical signs of rabies differ across species and between individuals of a given species. The first signs of rabies may often be nonspecific and include lethargy, fever, vomiting, and anorexia. Disease progresses within days to manifest as various indicators of encephalopathy, including cerebral dysfunction, cranial nerve dysfunction, ataxia, weakness, paralysis, seizures, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation, abnormal behavior, aggression, and/or self-mutilation. There is no treatment for rabies and death is inevitable.