Only known rabies survivor has second close encounter with the deadly virus

Jeanna Giese, a 24-year-old Wisconsin woman who is the only person known to have survived a rabies infection, encountered the virus again when two of her sled-racing huskies bit a bat that later tested positive for rabies. Giese contracted rabies from a bat nine years ago and survived the zoonotic infection thanks to a novel procedure that combined a medically induced coma with other treatments developed by Children's Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Veterinarian Kim Everson administered booster rabies vaccinations to Giese's dogs, whose vaccines were current. The dogs are under quarantine.

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