June 22, 2011

Rabies Not as Bad as We Thought?

Ferris Jabr, NewScientist


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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.

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TAGGED: Viral Infection, Virus, Rabies

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