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Are there alternative treatments for rabies?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There is no alternative treatment for rabies. There is only one treatment: a series of shots that you must get as soon as you suspect you have been exposed to rabies. These shots can kill the rabies virus, but only if you take them before symptoms start. After rabies symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.

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