Rabies, caused by a rhabdovirus, presents about 30 days after contact with a rabid animal. A nonspecific prodrome of fever, headache, sore throat, and abdominal pain progresses to an agitated, hallucinatory delirium followed by coma and death. Seizures occur in about 10% of cases.13 Without postexposure immunoprophylaxis, survival is rare.
Reviewed and revised March 2004 by Steven C. Schachter, MD, epilepsy.com Editorial Board.
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