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Published July 10, 2013, 06:05 PM

Rabies can take days to end in fatality

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Rabies is a very serious threat. It is considered universally fatal.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Rabies is a very serious threat. It is considered universally fatal.

Symptoms include paralysis, seizures, and hydrophobia. Once those set in, the infected person will almost certainly die.

The disease attacks the nervous system, spreading from the muscles to the spinal cord and into the brain, often in mere days.

In the U.S., domestic animals are not at high risk for rabies, but skunks and bats are common carriers.

Avish Nageal, M.D./Sanford Infectious Diseases: "The bat bite is very small. It has very small teeth and it may even go unnoticed by somebody who has been bitten by a bat in their sleep. So, every time you find a bat, or wake up with a bat in your room, you could consider that you've had a potential rabies exposure."

Doctors prevent rabies by administering a series of shots before or soon after exposure to the virus.

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