Rabies lyssavirus: A Vector for Stories
Final Abstract for URS Program
Rabies, formally known as Rabies lyssavirus, is one of the deadliest viruses known to man. Rabies can cause those people who become infected with it to act in an animalistic way. Because of this obvious change from human to man, rabies is responsible for some of the most prominent half-human, half-animal monstrosities that run rampant in fiction. Most of these fictitious creations have a root in rabies because of how obvious it can be to correlate an animal's bite to a human's transformation. Rabies has become an icon of entertainment formed from humanities' fear and fascination with the idea that individuals can be changed from being homo sapiens into something horrific.