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Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 May;25(5):1028-1029. doi: 10.3201/eid2505.181413.

Rabies Acquired through Mucosal Exposure, China, 2013.


In China in 2013, a man acquired rabies after sucking wounds of his son, who had been bitten by a stray dog. The man declined postexposure prophylaxis (hyperimmunoglobulin and vaccine) and died; the son accepted prophylaxis and survived. Physicians should be aware of rabies transmission through mucosal exposure and encourage postexposure prophylaxis.


China; mucosal exposure; postexposure prophylaxis; rabies; vaccine; viruses

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