What Is Rabies, and Why Is Everyone So Worried About It?The Rhabdoviridae family of viruses is responsible for the rabies viral disease that can infect any mammal species. This aggressive microorganism attacks its victim’s nervous system and eventually goes after the brain. The disease is almost always fatal, which is why many veterinarians recommend rabies vaccinations for pets even though BC doesn’t legally require it. If a pet gets sick from the virus, it can pass it on to its two-legged family or other humans before it loses its battle with the illness.
Rabies SymptomsWhen a mammal contracts the virus, it can take weeks or months before symptoms appear, but once they do, it’s generally too late to fight the disease. Symptoms don’t show up until the virus reaches the brain, and early signs often look like the flu. Rabies indicators in humans include the following symptoms:
- Mental dysfunction