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.

  • Muhammud - 2012-05-28 12:35

    good luck

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-28 12:44

      Yup. Holding thumbs..

      John - 2012-05-28 12:45

      really hope it works for this guy, its a terrible death.prays are with him

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-05-28 12:49

    This would truely be groundbreaking. The prognosis is usually fatal. Good luck and many prayers

      Bergie - 2012-05-28 13:29

      If he pulls through, don't thank god, thank science!

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-05-28 13:46

      And if he doesnt pull through??? Who do we blame then?? Science or God???

      StilleWaters - 2012-05-28 14:04

      bergie, jou naam se presies waar jy gebore en getoog was, soos 'n bobbejaan in die berg.

      Bergie - 2012-05-28 15:22

      No Eugene, you blame the dog.

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-05-28 16:31

      THat seems like a very confertable spot for science.

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-05-28 18:51

      Also, are you by any chance an ANC supporter Bergie??? Because your argument sounds very ANC like.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-28 12:49

    Good luck dude

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-28 13:02

    hope they get it ryt...

  • Deon - 2012-05-28 13:19

    Vasbyt! Thousands die every year of this disease but this method has pulled a few trough (7 up to 2011 - Wikipedia)

  • Bergie - 2012-05-28 13:28

    Hope you make it Graeme.

  • drishworth - 2012-05-28 13:43

    Strength to you Graeme - here's wishing you a complete recovery. Thoughts are with you and your family.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:52

      I hope he makes it too. Shame he rescued a stray dog. They both deserve the best there is.

  • Jackie - 2012-05-28 14:06

    Not a good choice either way! The girl that they saved in the US woke up with severe brain damage:( But its also a terrible thing to die from. So at the very least hopefully the pain will be eased. I really hope he makes it!

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:48

    The government should do what the Europeans did.Loads of food dosed with anti rabies medication has been dropped from the air. The animals eat that and no more rabies. I suppose it is whishful thinking that someone in government can consider this.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-28 15:00

      European countries are far smaller then South Africa - we have massive plains, ravines and valley's - good luck with this ridiculous idea!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-28 16:27

      We like to blame government for everything, but the rabies epidemic is also largely due to the apathy of dog owners to get their animals inoculated. More effort needs to go into the rural area's where people don't have access to vets, and state vets need to be checked for qualifications, some of the guys definately do not have degrees. Dumping food may help a bit, but won't solve the problem. Did they really do that in Europe, I thought that was a first world continent with responsible people living in it??

  • Ryno - 2012-05-28 14:53

    hope this ends with good news

  • Rob - 2012-05-28 18:11

    Risking your life for an animal... You are indeed a 'humanitarian' and deserve to get better. Hang in there pal. Your type are few and far between... Praying for you.

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