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Is there a cure for rabies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Once rabies symptoms start, there is no cure. Fewer than 10 people are known to have survived rabies. However, if you are exposed to the rabies virus, you won't develop the disease if you treat it before symptoms set in, anywhere from 10 days to more than a year after you're exposed. You'll have to take a series of shots, starting with rabies immune globulin and then rabies vaccine, that provide you with the antibodies that will kill the virus.

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