How do humans get the rabies infection?
Rabies infection comes from the saliva of rabid animals. Commonly, humans get it from bites and scratches. However, it’s also possible to get rabies when a rabid animal licks a wound or broken skin, or the lining of the mouth and nose.
According to the World Health Organization, 96% of all human rabies infection in South East Asia occurs due to dog bites. But please keep in mind that cats, mongooses, foxes, bats, and other carnivorous animals can also transmit the infection.
Is there no cure for rabies?
Now, here’s the question: is there really no cure for rabies?
Unfortunately, once the symptoms manifest, rabies is unstoppable, with almost 100% of cases leading to death.
The good news is, the rabies virus doesn’t immediately invade the nervous system after a bite, scratch, or lick. How long it takes for the virus to come in contact with a nerve cell varies; usually, it depends on the location of the affected site (how far away it is from the brain) and the type of rabies virus.
According to the WHO, symptoms start to appear anywhere from 7 days to 1 year, but commonly between 2 to 3 months.