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UPDATE: Wis. rabies survivor has 2nd brush with disease

File: Jeanna Giese (Credit: WLUK)

File: Jeanna Giese (Credit: WLUK)

UPDATED Friday, August 2, 2013 --- 9:23 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin rabies survivor says her dogs have been exposed to the disease after biting an infected bat.

Jeanna Giese is the first person to survive having rabies without a rabies vaccine. She was bitten by a rabid bat in 2004 at a Fond du Lac church.

Giese tells The Reporter Media she spotted a bat Tuesday morning when she went to the enclosure that holds two of her three Siberian huskies. The bat's body was covered with bite marks from the dogs.

The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene confirmed the bat had rabies.

All Giese's dogs have been vaccinated for rabies, and she immediately took them to a veterinarian for booster shots.

The dogs will be quarantined for 60 days at her home as required by law.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011, 6:26 a.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- The girl who made medical history after contracting rabies has reached a milestone.

Jeanna Giese graduated from Lakeland College in Sheboygan on Sunday. The 21-year-old has come a long way since a bat bit her in church in October 2004. She became the first person to survive rabies without a vaccine. Dr. Rodney Willoughby Jr., used an experimental cocktail of drugs and a medically-induced coma at Children's Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin to treat the rabies.

Willoughby was there Sunday when Giese received her diploma in biology. Her graduation comes after years of hard work to recover. Giese had to learn to speak, stand and walk again.

The Journal Sentinel says Giese's mother, Ann, says she and her husband would not let their daughter give up and knew that she wasn't about to.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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