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Is rabies serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Rabies is very serious; it is nearly always fatal unless treated before symptoms begin. Fewer than 10 people are known to have survived after that. If you suspect you have been exposed to rabies, you must get medical help quickly. Rabies treatment can kill the virus, but only before symptoms start, anywhere from 10 days to more than a year after the virus enters your body.

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