A 6 year old girl from Margao was diagnosed with rabies infection on Sunday [10 Feb 2013] at the
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[The incubation period for rabies is typically 1-3 months but may vary from under one week to over a year. The initial symptoms of rabies virus infection are fever and often pain or an unusual or unexplained tingling, pricking, or burning sensation (paraesthesia) at the site of the wound. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) consists of local treatment of the wound initiated as soon as possible after exposure, a course of potent and effective rabies vaccine that meets WHO recommendations, and the administration of rabies immunoglobulin, if indicated.
Effective treatment soon after exposure to rabies can prevent the onset of symptoms and death.
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