I was just reading the Wikipedia page on rabies, and the following claim is made:
Although it is theoretically possible for rabies-infected humans to transmit it to others by biting or otherwise, no such cases have ever been documented, because infected humans are usually hospitalized and necessary precautions taken.
According to the CDC, the only documented cases of human-to-human transmission are from rabid organ and tissue donors who were not suspected of being infected. Further, according to the Cleveland Clinic, about 2/3 of rabies patients have "furious rabies", meaning they experience symptoms like aggression, seizures and delirium.
So, this made me wonder, are there any recorded cases of a rabid human attacking other people? I understand this scenario is highly unlikely in modern times, given that rabies patients are given palliative care, which means they're heavily sedated. That being said, given the rural lifestyle of most ancient humans, and lack of modern medicine, I would think rabid human-on-human violence would have been documented at one point or another. After all, rabies has been around at least 4,300 years
My thinking is, that when the prodromal phase begins, the infected would take to bed. However, when the acute neurologic phase begins, approximately 2/3 of those people experience aggression. In addition, I am sure these people will be looked after by family. Ultimately, I would think this would lead to patient-on-caretaker attacks.
My Google searches return nothing. I try searching "rabies patient"/"rabid human" "attacks/assaults/fights/bites/" and a lot of other combos, but nothing comes up. It just repeats the basic information I have found here. To be clear, I am not asking if there is a recorded human-to-human transmission, as that question has already been answered. I am wanting to know if there is record of a rabid human attack. Specifically, I hope to find out what form the violence took; i.e. did the rabid patient throw punches, claw, bite., etc.?
If there is no record of such attacks, I would imagine the reason is that the course the rabies virus takes in humans leads to them being incapacitated before the aggression begins, and/or the aggression that does manifest is entirely ineffective (like a schizophrenic fighting phantom combatants).