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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Congo : Baby dying of rabies infects dad and brother by biting them

Article via Daily News, excerpt :

A baby dying of rabies infected his dad and brother after biting them, it has emerged.

The youngster contracted the deadly disease during an outbreak which struck 154 other 

people in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo.

He then spread the virus to his 7-year-old sibling and 27-year-old father after sinking his teeth 

into their flesh.

Both the father and brother recovered after being treated by Doctors Without Borders.

But the baby boy died, along with at least 10 others who were also hit by the outbreak.

Experts said it is extremely rare for the disease to be spread via humans and that people 

normally contract it after being bitten by affected dogs.

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