There is no cure for Rabies. There is a vaccine against it. (medicine to try and prevent rabies) The vaccine was first developed by Louis Pasteur and Pierre Paul Émile Roux in 1885. This vaccine used a live virus grown in rabbits, and weakened (through drying it). The first person to be vaccinated was Joseph Meister (a 9-year-old boy who had been bitten by a dog). Vaccines similar to this are still used today, but other vaccines (growing the virus using cell cultures) are more used.
There is also a form of treatment that can be done once a person has been bitten. It needs to be done within 6 days of being bitten. There is no way to know whether someone is infected, until it's too late. Treatment starts with washing the wound. This is done to reduce the number of virus particles that enter the body. Often patients are given one dose of immunoglobulin and a certain number of vaccines, over a determined period of time, usually a month.
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- CNN News report of CDC news release - July 1, 2004.
- Associated Press report: Families of rabies transplant victims react to deaths - July 3, 2004
- BBC News Europe Report: Romanian killer bear had rabies - 19 October, 2004.
- First Unvaccinated Rabies Survivor Goes Home - January 3, 2005
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