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Rabies is considered one of the rarest and most critical diseases that affect the brain and the nerves of the body. It is usually contracted from the bite or a scratch of an infected animal. A rabid animal is infected in its tongue which contaminates both the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Humans contract rabies only when they come into contact with the wounds of a rabid animal and through their mucous membrane which includes the eyes, mouth, and nose. Once rabies is transmitted through these parts, it gradually spreads to all areas of the body, especially to the human brain. Quick treatment is essential, or death can be imminent.

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1. Headache

A headache is one of the early signs of rabies. After a person contracts the virus, it gradually spreads towards the brain and spinal cord. In the first ten days after the bite, a person will feel a mild pain around the head in the form of constant pressure. The pain will start from either front or back, and slowly it will start affecting the top of the head. The pain may also vary in magnitude throughout the day. A person may also suffer from dizziness and feel sensitive to light and sound.

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