Previous articles1 in Pediatrics in Review have stated that rabies is a uniformly fatal disease, which, of course, is what most of us were taught. However, Dr Thomas Weis points out that the 1997 Red Bookstates, “only seven patients with human rabies have survived with intensive, supportive care.…” As Dr Weis states, “Though the odds are small, each rabies victim should be given the chance of living.”


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