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Villagers had rabies antibodies without vaccination

Author: Greg Cima

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September 15, 2012
By Greg Cima

Some villagers in Peru have survived exposure to rabies virus and developed antibodies without vaccination, a recently published article states.

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found rabies virus neutralizing antibodies in six unvaccinated people and one previously vaccinated person after taking sera from 63 residents of the Amazonian villages of Truenocha and Santa Marta, according to an article published in the August 2012 issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

A CDC announcement indicates the six who had antibodies but no known history of vaccination were unlikely to have received medical care following previous bat bites.

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