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What is the 'Milwaukee protocol'?

The Milwaukee protocol is an experimental treatment that was developed in 2004 and saved the life of an unvaccinated teenager infected with rabies. The treatment involves placing the infected person under an artificially-induced coma to delay the virus's advance into the brain. It has since been attempted several times, with occasional success. The Milwaukee protocol is a last-ditch resort and its chances of success are low.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Dengue fever


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