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This report highlights the risk posed by the importation of dogs inadequately vaccinated against rabies from high-risk countries and the difficulty in verifying health status of these animals.Morbidity &Mortality Weekly Report
by Xiao-Yan Tao, Mu-Li Li, Qian Wang, Ciwang Baima, Mei Hong, Wei Li, Yong-Biao Wu, Yan-Rong Li, Yu-Min Zhao, Simon Rayner, Wu-Yang Zhu Coordinated surveillance, vaccination and public information efforts have brought the Chinese rabies epizootic under control, but significant numbers of fatalities are still reported annually with some cases occurring in previously rabies free regions. Tibet has remained virtually rabies free for 16 years, but since 2015 one human rabies case has been reported each year. To better understand the origins of these cases, we sequenced three human samples and an additional sample isolated fro...
Abstract On May 9, 2017, the Virginia Department of Health was notified regarding a patient with suspected rabies. The patient had sustained a dog bite 6 weeks before symptom onset while traveling in India. On May 11, CDC confirmed that the patient was infected with a rabies virus that circulates in dogs in India. Despite aggressive treatment, the patient died, becoming the ninth person exposed to rabies abroad who has died from rabies in the United States since 2008. A total of 250 health care workers were assessed for exposure to the patient, 72 (29%) of whom were advised to initiate postexposure prophylaxis (PE...
CONCLUSION : The results are important to design preventive health education strategies focused on public health. PMID: 30570001 [PubMed - in process]
This report highlights the continuing risk posed by the importation of dogs inadequately vaccinated against rabies from high-risk countries and the difficulties in verifying any imported dog's health status and rabies vaccination history. PMID: 30571670 [PubMed - in process]
by Jillybeth Burgado, Lauren Greenberg, Mike Niezgoda, Amrita Kumar, Victoria Olson, Xianfu Wu, Panayampalli Subbian Satheshkumar The effectiveness of rabies vaccination in both humans and animals is determined by the presence of virus neutralizing antibodies (VNAs). The Rapid Fluorescent Focus Inhibition Test (RFFIT) is the method traditionally used for detection and quantification of VNAs. It is a functionalin vitro test for assessing the ability of antibodies in serum to bind and prevent infection of cultured cells with rabies virus (RABV). The RFFIT is a labor intensive, low throughput and semi-quantitative assay perf...
Condition: Rabies Interventions: Biological: Chengdu Kanghua (one booster shot); Biological: Chengdu Kanghua (two booster shots) Sponsor: Jiangsu Province Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Active, not recruiting