Race for the Cure

When Shannon VanRaes was bitten by a feral dog in India, she encountered an epic journey to receive post-exposure treatment.

A longtime reporter on zoonosis, she was able to second-guess a doctor who told her she wasn’t an infection risk. She could afford treatment, and hunt it down when multiple hospitals had none in stock.

Most Indians aren’t so lucky. Even though 36% of rabies death happen in India, the $6-a-dose rabies vaccine is too expensive for most Indians. Beyond that, getting treatment requires the privilege of knowing the risks, and being empowered to act.

The Washington Post (perspective)

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