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Only two or three Americans die each year from rabies, almost all of them from infections received overseas, but not even effective vaccines have lessened our fear of this worldwide scourge. There is ample justification for this horror: For four full millennia, rabies has attacked its victims, animals and humans alike, killing them after it drives them mad. Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy's Rabid walks cautious readers through the haunting history of this virus, describing how its unpredictable outbreaks infused terror into dark forests, betrayed man's best friend, and even helped implant myths and legends of walking dead zombies and bloodsucking vampires. A well-researched catharsis of primal fears.