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Global Health
September 19, 2012

Human Rabies Resistance

JAMA. 2012;308(11):1081. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11402

A small percentage of people in remote Amazon communities in Peru appear to be naturally protected against rabies and to have survived rabies infection without treatment, according to a report from researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Peruvian Ministry of Health (Gilbert AT et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012;87[2]:206-215).

In May 2010, researchers interviewed 92 people from 2 communities, where there had been outbreaks of fatal infections with rabies caused by bites by vampire bats. A questionnaire captured demographic information, information about exposure to bats, and whether the individuals had had pre-exposure or postexposure prophylaxis.