What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Rabies?

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When a rabid animal bites you, there's no way to know whether the animal has transmitted the rabies virus to you. For this reason, if the doctor thinks there's a chance you have been exposed to the virus, treatment to prevent the rabies virus from infecting your body is recommended. If you've been bitten by an animal that is known to have rabies, you'll receive a series of shots to prevent the rabies virus from infecting you. Rabies shots include:
  • A fast-acting shot to prevent the virus from infecting you. Part of this injection is given near the area where the animal bit you if possible, as soon as possible after the bite.
  • A series of rabies vaccines to help your body learn to identify and fight the rabies virus. Rabies vaccines are given as injections in your arm. You receive four injections over 14 days.
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