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April 20, 2007

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Carlos

See, I should turn this into a Wisconsin blog. Except then you'd also be reading about the guy who ran over the mutant deer in his driveway and ate it, and those three guys and the graveyard (and you really don't want to know more), and so on.

When I get back to cleaning my sock drawer, you'll see that I looked at a number of papers regarding Ms. Giese's treatment, past rabies treatments, and the known information on the mode of action of the rabies virus, which is not very much at all.

A slight tangent. The Milwaukee Public Museum's old bat expert, Merlin Tuttle, has always promoted bat conservation: trying to stop idiots from throwing dynamite into caves to kill the rabid bloodsuckers, that sort of thing. Most bats don't carry rabies; you can tell this because most bats are alive, and not acting like a crack fiend. (And most bats don't suck blood.)

However, the rabies virus changes and spreads like any other disease, and it has been spreading in other animal populations in the US, most notably in skunks and raccoons.

However however, rabies is still an extremely rare disease in the US. A sense of perspective is necessary. There's never going to be a Milwaukee Protocol for a bus going off an overpass.

Nicholas Robinson

God, the horror is immense. When I was around 14 and living in Kinshasa, Zaire, our small dog was bitten by strays and got rabies. It was an incredibly gruesome thing to witness. I just wish that someone could perfect the treatment and be able to cure someone already infected.

It really is everyone's worst nightmare--makes cancer and heart disease pale into insignificance. Trust me--I saw it.

Nicholas Robinson

God, the horror is immense. When I was around 14 and living in Kinshasa, Zaire, our small dog was bitten by strays and got rabies. It was an incredibly gruesome thing to witness. I just wish that someone could perfect the treatment and be able to cure someone already infected.

It really is everyone's worst nightmare--makes cancer and heart disease pale into insignificance. Trust me--I saw it.

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