Rabies Topic Contents Topic Overview FAQs Other Places To Get Help Related Information References Credits Rabies Topic Overview What is rabies? Rabies is an infection caused by a virus. It affects the brain and spinal cord ( central nervous system ) of mammals, including humans. It is nearly always deadly if not treated before symptoms begin. Animals that are infected with rabies—rabid animals—can spread the disease through their saliva or through brain tissue.
Rabies Vaccine for Travel 08/27/2012
Rabies Vaccine for Travel Topic Contents Topic Overview Related Information Credits Rabies Vaccine for Travel Topic Overview The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that: Travelers who want the rabies vaccine (a three-shot series) should schedule the first shot a minimum of 21 days before departure.
Rabies: Areas Where It's More Common 08/27/2012
Rabies: Areas Where It's More Common Topic Contents Topic Overview Related Information References Credits Rabies: Areas Where It's More Common Topic Overview Due to successful animal vaccination programs, human rabies is uncommon in North America. But rabies can occur in all areas throughout the United States except Hawaii.
Rabies: HRIG Injection 08/27/2012
Rabies: HRIG Injection Topic Contents Topic Overview Related Information References Credits Rabies: HRIG Injection Topic Overview Human rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG) is a shot that is given as soon as possible after a likely exposure to rabies . HRIG contains rabies antibodies that immediately inactivate and control the rabies virus until the vaccine begins to work. HRIG is given only one time, at the beginning of treatment for rabies exposure.
Radial Head Subluxation 02/16/2011
Radial Head Subluxation Topic Contents Topic Overview Related Information References Credits Radial Head Subluxation Topic Overview What is radial head subluxation? Radial head subluxation means that the radius, one of two long bones in the lower arm (forearm) , has pulled away from its normal position. The ligament that supports the radial bone then slips into the elbow joint. When this happens, the radial bone can't move back into its normal place.
Radiation Exposure: Risks and Health Effects 05/20/2011
Radiation Exposure: Risks and Health Effects Topic Contents Topic Overview References Credits Radiation Exposure: Risks and Health Effects Topic Overview What is radiation? Radiation is energy that travels as a wave or particle. Some types of radiation, called ionizing radiation, can be harmful. Radioactivity is ionizing radiation that is given off by substances, such as uranium, as they decay. About half of the ionizing radiation we're exposed to comes from nature.