Rabies is almost always fatal. And it is a long painful death.
Online AlJazeera reports:
Every Monday morning up to 700 dog-bite victims, mainly children, crowd Manila’s San Lazora Hospital. Because the Philippines is a rabies-endemic country, everyone who is bitten needs Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), a series of injections to prevent them from getting rabies.
The statistics are shocking, especially to a westerner. However rabies could affect any country, in a given set of circumstances.
N.H.S. Choices in the U.K. explains rabies treatment thus "The treatment given for rabies will depend on whether you have started to show signs or symptoms. If you show no signs or symptoms and it is suspected you may be infected, a course of treatment called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is used. This can usually prevent a rabies infection from becoming established and producing symptoms. If you have symptoms of rabies, treatment will usually focus on making you as comfortable as possible. This is because rabies is almost always fatal when it reaches this stage. These two types of treatment are described in more detail here.
It was hard not to feel emotionally involved with the rabies victim and his family. The AlJazeera report however centered on health workers battling rabies in the Philipinnes. It was a stark reminder of a dreadful disease.
The Aljazeera footage is informative but graphic. You can watch it by following this link.