Surprising rabies resistance

Amazon villagers survive deadly disease carried by vampire bats

By Stephen Ornes, 13:49 PM August 16, 2012

Rabies is a terrible way to die. The disease is caused by a virus that spreads through animal bites. Without treatment, it attacks the brain and can cause symptoms like hallucinations, paralysis, fever and severe pain. Untreated, the disease is usually deadly — except to some people in a few Peruvian villages, scientists now report.

“Why these individuals don’t die is very intriguing,” Amy Gilbert told Science News. Gilbert is a disease ecologist, a scientist who studies the relationship ...

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