Thank you for joining us for today’s Spotlight. I’m Liz Waid.
And I’m Joshua Leo. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
A young boy cries out in pain.
He wants water, but he is afraid of it when his parents bring it to him.
Saliva flows out of his mouth.
His mouth and chin are wet.
His eyes roll with fear.
His back lifts off the bed.
He is struggling with fear and pain.
He sees strange things.
But they are not real.
He does not understand what he is seeing.
This young boy is suffering from rabies.
And soon, he will die.
Today’s Spotlight is on the disease rabies.
Rabies is a very dangerous virus.
It is especially damaging because it affects the body and the mind.
Rabies affects a person’s brain and central nervous system, the system of nerves in the body.
The first signs of rabies are often physical.
A person may have a fever or a pain in the head.
But soon, he or she will begin to experience neurological signs of the rabies virus.
These are problems with the brain.
Some rabies sufferers cannot sleep.
They may feel afraid, anxious, and confused.
They cannot understand normal things.
Some people also hallucinate - they see things that do not exist.
Other people become paralyzed - they cannot move.
Some people develop a very wet mouth.
They may have problems swallowing.
And they may also become afraid of water.
Without treatment, people infected with rabies will die.