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What Happens When a Human Gets Rabies?

Rabies has been scaring populations for thousands of years, but it’s scary for more reasons than just a painful bite. Once the virus is inside us, it not only destroys our body, but damages our mind, and it can happen fast, or lay dormant for years before fatally attacking.
So how exactly do we get from a dog bite to a complete behavioral change to…death?
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Read More:

Survival after Treatment of Rabies with Induction of Coma
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa050382

Can Rabies Be Eradicated?
https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/18634470

How Rabies Spawned Zombies and Vampires
https://www.theverge.com/2013/4/18/4201878/sick-idea-how-rabies-spawned-vampires-and-zombies

Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory
http://www.ksvdl.org/rabies-laboratory/about.html

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