McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

What is Rabies?

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Animal bites always leads to the fear of contracting rabies, and newspapers readily report rabies outbreaks. Have you ever wondered what makes rabies so newsworthy? What makes rabies a serious infection? How does it affect the body? What countermeasures can be used to fight it? This video explores the answers to all of these questions.

— Video by Archita Srinath, Haider Abed, Akshay Venkatesh, Kyra Posterski, and Cindy Li

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