Key Fact: Once symptoms are present, rabies is almost always fatal.
Percutaneous: Bite or scratch from an infected animal, including bats, foxes, monkeys and other free roaming animals.
Cases: 55,000 deaths worldwide annually (estimated).
Symptoms: Fever, wound site pain.
Severe Case: Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, hyperactivity, loss of consciousness, death.
Precautions: Vaccination (pre-bite, for travellers to endemic areas); Avoiding risk situations for animal bites; Thorough wound cleaning; Vaccination and immunoglobulin (post-bite, for all exposed people).