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ICD-10 code: A82

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Rabies: What You Need to Know

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and animals. It is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, usually through a bite. Once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.

Rabies is a worldwide problem, but it is most common in developing countries where vaccination programs for dogs and other animals are not readily available. In the United States, rabies is most often found in wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.

Symptoms of Rabies

The symptoms of rabies vary depending on the stage of the disease. In the early stages, symptoms can include fever, headache, and weakness. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include:

  1. anxiety
  2. confusion
  3. agitation
  4. hallucinations
  5. paralysis

Once symptoms appear, it is almost always too late for treatment. That is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you have been bitten by an animal, especially if the animal was wild or unknown.

Preventing Rabies

The best way to prevent rabies is to avoid contact with infected animals. If you see a wild animal, do not approach it. If you have pets, make sure they are vaccinated against rabies and keep them on a leash when outside. If you are traveling to a country where rabies is common, talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated before you go.

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor will determine if you need to receive a rabies vaccine.


Rabies is a serious disease that can be fatal if not treated promptly. By taking precautions and seeking medical attention if you are bitten by an animal, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from this deadly virus.