Rabies......Can rabies be cured?
Once a rabies infection is established, there's no effective treatment. Though a small number of people have survived rabies, the disease usually causes death. For that reason, if you think you've been exposed to rabies, you must get a series of shots to prevent the infection from taking hold.
What if I miss a rabies shot?
If you have not yet received the vaccine and were exposed to the rabies virus, you will need a total of 5 doses on 5 different days within a 1-month period. You will also receive a shot of rabies immune globulin. In order for the rabies vaccine to work properly, it is very important that you do not miss any doses.
Where is rabies not found?
Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nerves. It's usually caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal, most often a dog. Rabies is found throughout the world, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. It's not found in the UK, except in a small number of wild bats.
Can a cat scratch cause rabies?
While you get infected with rabies when bitten by an infected dog or cat, it can be just as fatal when a rabid dog or cat with saliva-infested nails—say, one that has been licking its paws— scratches a human. Although it is highly unlikely to contract rabies from a scratch, it can still happen.
How close are we to curing rabies?
Thankfully, there's some good news — research is underway to find effective treatments for rabies infections. There are promising medications — such as favipiravir and bufotenine — which have shown potential effectiveness in animal studies. But it's still not known whether these will work to treat rabies in people.
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