Respected is only one adjective when it comes to a virus that’s been around since time began.
Fear loathing paranoia are just other words, deeper expressions that at some point come to mind. If you are ‘lucky’ enough to experience Rabies and survive, other feeling words will arise as time recedes and distance grows.
Rabies strikes ferociously and silently, instills terror and creates absolute insanity. Its objective isn’t personal, it’s really that intelligent. Survival and growth is simply what it desires.
The common frothing ferocious crazed and fang baring beast is what most think of when Rabies is mentioned. That’s certainly one manifestation and it’s truly terrifying to witness. The lightning speed of a mammal in full blown end stage Rabies is literally heart stopping. With no physiological brakes applied, adrenaline pump on overload, Rabies expulsion is looking for other hosts, its viral shedding is horrific in action. Your chance of being infected if you’re within strike radius, is extremely high.
Rabies doesn’t always take the ferocious route, quiet and insidiously gentle can also mask its methods. Creating paralysis from the infection site, makes it often mistakenly regarded and treated as something else. But even a paralyzed unmoving infection can still transmit.
It’s not the bite. Most of those questioned on how Rabies transmits, believe it’s done through the bite. Even though this is wrong, biting in fearsome rapid snapping is a calculated and evolutionary by-product of the viral symptoms. It’s a perfect opening hole and cavity for the virus to enter, heightening an ultimate successful implant, hot and alive in saliva. The virus is only active a few days before death after it has travelled through the nervous system from the infection site to the brain. At this point there is no coming back, no cure, no treatment.
Only warm blood live birthing beings carry Rabies. Mammals that is. If you add up all in the Mammalian family, you get an idea what a rich source and reservoir Rabies has to choose from.
Rabies is a ‘beautiful thing’, in its ability to survive and thrive. It isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s a true survivor.
One of the most frightening and saddest examples of many cases involving the virus was portrayed in this true example.
A Mother who had been bitten by a small puppy thought nothing of it. As the months passed and the virus made its way from the infection site, through her nervous system and eventually to her brain, her symptoms were disregarded as just other ailments. As was within her culture, her new born baby was given softened bread. Bread that as a doting and devoted Mother, she softened in her mouth using her saliva, before placing it in her child’s mouth.
One can only pray that Rabies never ever adapts into an airborne virus.
For more information. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/
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