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Photo: Kevin Dietsch (Getty Images) If you’ve been following the news lately, you may have heard about the Capitol Hill fox that bit a total of nine people , including a Congressman and a reporter. As amusing as the fox sightings have been, the story took a more serious turn in recent days, as the fox was captured and discovered to have rabies. When I was in high school, I had to get the post-exposure rabies series after a cat-bite. I’d stopped to help a kitten that had been struck by a car, only for the kitten to bite me and escape, which meant I had no way of knowing if she was carrying rabies or not. Although receiving the post-exposure shots felt like overkill—especially since this meant going to the local emergency room on a Friday night, where I received two injections (one in each butt cheek). These initial shots were then followed by three more, administered one at a time, over the course of the next two weeks. As inconvenient as those shots were, the post-exposure rabies series is an effective treatment that, if administered right away, is almost 100% effective. Here’s what to know about the risk of rabies and why you might need to get vaccinated against it. What you need to know about rabies If left untreated, rabies has a 99.9% fatality rate. This is not a virus you want to fuck with, as it will attack your central nervous system, destroying it in […]