How can I care for someone who has been exposed to rabies?

If you suspect someone has been exposed to rabies-usually through an animal bite-get them medical help quickly. Rabies is almost always fatal unless treated before symptoms appear, anywhere from 10 days to more than a year after exposure. The patient may need several shots over the course of four weeks, and it's important to make sure they don't skip shots or change the dosing schedule. Patients undergoing rabies treatment won't develop rabies, and they aren't contagious, so don't be afraid to interact with them.

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