What is the fastest killing disease

Dangerous viruses: the killers in the shadow of Corona

Rabies - almost always fatal |

Rabies kills only around 50,000 to 60,000 people worldwide each year, but it is considered one of the most unpleasant ways to die - and once symptoms appear, that fate is almost inevitable. The rabies virus is transmitted through the bite or scratch of a sick animal and affects the central nervous system. Depending on how long the pathogen takes from the wound to the target tissue, the incubation period can last up to three months - or just a week. People without vaccination should be vaccinated immediately after a possible infection; the Robert Koch Institute recommends vaccination in advance if they come into contact with rabies at work or when traveling to known risk areas.

Typical of the disease are excitement, confusion, extreme fear and what is known as hydrophobicity, in which the victim cannot drink or swallow and has seizures even at the sight of liquid. The pathogen multiplies very strongly in the salivary glands, so that the swallowing inhibition contributes to its spread: In the late phase of the infection, even small stimuli give the victim furious fits of anger, in which he can transmit the pathogen by hitting, biting and scratching. In the end, infected people and animals fall into a coma and die. Protection is only provided by vaccination within the first 24 hours after a possible infection. A new intensive care treatment method, the so-called Milwaukee Protocol, has a survival rate of eight percent.