June 22, 2011
Rabies Not as Bad as We Thought?
Ferris Jabr, NewScientist
Earlier this month, 8-year-old Precious Reynolds of California became only the sixth person known to survive rabies without receiving a vaccine shortly after infection. At the University of California Davis Children's Hospital doctors treated Reynolds with the Milwaukee protocol – an experimental procedure that plunges the patient into a drug-induced coma, taking the brain "offline" while the immune system scours the virus from infected neurons.
TAGGED: viral infection, virus, rabies