ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia and a handful of other institutions have received a $1.4 million federal grant to study vaccines for the rabies virus.
Researcher Zhen Fang Fu at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine will work with experts across the country to test a vaccine that could cure rabies even after infection. The grant is from the National Institution of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
Fu said there are no cures or interventional therapies for the rabies virus once symptoms are present. More than 55,000 people die from rabies worldwide each year.
The grant will be shared by UGA, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania's Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.