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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There's a preventative vaccine for rabies. Some idiots around here, though, still, would refuse to take it. These are the "rabid dog antivaxxers"*

*Possibly, they would take it, but implicitly deny it, just the same. Such is their pig headed, and illogical, mentality
Curiously enough, while travelling in Sichuan China way back in 2008 I visited Leshan, a beautiful mountain national park. There they have wild roaming macaques, and the locals sell snackfoods for the tourists to feed them. Mine had been used up, but it being late August and pretty cold in the mountain mist, my hands in pockets were twice bitten by smallish female macaques. The local rangers washed my hands and were very keen to send me to hospital, but I was reluctant to spend my trip in a Chinese hospital. Perhaps I should have, would have if I had been aware of the fatality rate from rabies. In fact I may already have been vaccinated, cannot remember.
The bite wounds actually took several months to heal fully, but who knows what diseases a monkey mouth may carry.
Emeishan, not Leshan - shan means mountain.
Many years ago, In my early, or mid twenties, I was visiting a monkey temple in Bali. The temple attendants sold me a bag of peanuts, (for about 20 Aussie cents). Also they equip each visitor with a small half length cane. This is never to hit the monkeys with, one merely waves the small cane at the monkeys, when they make a bid to steal the bag of peanuts! (They quickly shy away a little, while still hanging around to be fed). In this way each monkey may be fed one or two peanuts at a time. The monkeys understand...
Some years ago, my ex mother in law was attacked by a dog. I was going to help, but thought that the dog should be able to handle her.
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'20 Libertarian POTUS Contender, Jo Jorgensen, was bitten by a bat & scheduled her shots in cities on her campaign trail.

'Bout that time, The Don came down with Covid -
The Don - "I beat Covid!" ... flex
Jo Jo - "Talk to me when you've kicked.Hell outta Rabies" ... snooty

She acquired the nickname "Bat Jorgensen".
One political commentator created much speculation when he observed that Jo Jo & Batwoman have NEVER Been Seen Together at the Same Time ... hmmm


It’s not common in the US either but the animal shelter I take my cats to wants them to have the rabies vaccine before they are fixed so there’s still a concern there.

Also I was bitten by a cat who was obviously mentally altered. He drew blood like a vampire bite. I went to the doctor and he said it’s not rabies trust me. Rabies is extremely rare in our region. He said if we were in another country then yes I would advise the vaccine but we’re not.

So he had some other kind of mentally altering disease because I’m still here. So scary to think about.
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