Experimental cure for SA farmer

2012-05-28 12:21
Durban - A South African farmer is the first in the country to be treated with an experimental American remedy for rabies in a desperate attempt to save his life.

The condition of Graeme Anderson, 29, deteriorated after he contracted rabies from a stray dog he had rescued earlier this month, reported TimesLive.

 The dog didn’t bite him and it is believed that he got the disease from the dog licking his hands.

A family spokesperson confirmed that Anderson was the first South African to be treated with the Milwaukee protocol, in which the patient is put into a medically induced coma and given antiviral drugs.

Government recently announced a huge campaign to raise awareness about rabies, which had infected animals in the Midlands, Bergville, Winterton and Loskop areas in KwaZulu-Natal.

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