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[Answer] Which disease was called "hydrophobia" in the past?

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Which disease was called "hydrophobia" in the past?

  • Rabies:Before the disease was fully understood, rabies was commonly known as "hydrophobia." This was because most believed it caused a fear of water. It wasn't a fear that the disease triggered so much as it was severe pain associated with swallowing liquids. Because animals fear what causes pain, it was assumed that the disease brought on a phobia against water. But it was actually pain associated with muscle paralysis caused by the rabies virus. There was no cure for rabies, or even a viable treatment for the disease, until Louis Pasteur developed a way to make a vaccine against the virus. Source:

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