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Rabies Babies: 1939

Rabies Babies: 1939

June 1939. "Day laborer and his family who live in the Arkansas River bottoms near Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. This entire family was taking anti-rabic serum after drinking milk from a cow which had rabies. There were no public funds for this treatment and a local man was financing it." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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The absolute despair of their condition is written on the father's face.

Raw Milk?

As in unpasteurized? If so theoretically yes, a human could then get rabies via milk if the bacteria wasn’t killed off but on the other hand there has never been a documented case of it happening either. Even cattle today are not typically vaccinated against rabies, which does in fact occur, though not common.

I suppose it’s all water under the bridge by now, or fussin’ over, er, spilled milk.

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