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Rabies is a viral disease that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and death in mammals. Not surprisingly, the name of the virus that causes it is the rabies virus. It appears that the condition can actually be caused by several variations of the rabies virus.
 
In nearly all cases, the rabies virus enters the body through the saliva of an infected animal, usually by a bite. This virus travels along nerve cells to eventually attack the brain, causing encephalopathy and death if not treated. Although treatment for the disease is available, it must be administered before any symptoms develop. Rabies is nearly always fatal if symptoms develop before treatment begins.
 
(For more info on this topic, including details on the incubation period for this virus, click Rabies Virus.)
 
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