Rabies

MWALTERS at OPAL.TUFTS.EDU MWALTERS at OPAL.TUFTS.EDU
Wed Jul 27 12:40:49 EST 1994


     I am a writer (and veterinarian) working on an article about
rabies.  I would
appreciate any insights you might have into the following
questions:  Why the virus's
affinity for nerves and how does it travel within them when a
person is infected?  Can
anyone out there with a human-medical background match the
specific action of the
virus on the human nervous system (peripheral or central) with
classic symptoms of
the diesase?  In particular, hydrophobia, photophobia, and
aerophobia.  What
physiologically would account for the alternating periods of
"madness" and lucidity
that's often seen in the late stages of the disease.  Thanks. 
(As a veterinarian, I think
more like a dog than like a virus.) Mark J. Walters  address:
mwalters at opal.tufts.edu



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