New, Faster, Rabies Test Could Save Lives

Rabies is fatal if not treated early. With a better test, people exposed to potentially rabid animals could avoid the weeks-long series of shots now given to prevent the disease.
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We, hereby, report two cases of serum sickness in adult male identical twins who had received equine rabies immunoglobulin as a postexposure rabies treatment after cat scratches. The younger brother developed low-grade fever, polyarthritis, and multiple erythematous maculopapular eruptions, whereas low-grade fever and urticaria-like eruptions were detected in the elder brother. Both patients received a 7-day course of low-dose prednisolone and achieved good responses without recurrent attacks.Case Rep Dermatol 2019;11:40 –47
Source: Case Reports in Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
[Daily News] SEVENTEEN people have died from rabies, while 1,050 were bitten by dogs between 2017 and 2018 in Rukwa Region. Rukwa Regional Principal Veterinary Officer, Dr Respich Maengo, told 'Daily News' that death incidents were reported in various districts in the region.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: The main factors identified in this study that influenced the observance of post-exposure prophylaxis were knowledge of the manifestation of human rabies (signs of agitation) and of the mode of transmission of this disease (animal bites). With a view for better prevention against human rabies, rural and urban populations should be informed, educated and sensitized about this 100% life-threatening but vaccination-preventable disease. PMID: 30739760 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revue d Epidemiologie et de Sante Publique - Category: Epidemiology Tags: Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique Source Type: research
Abstract The liver-expressed pattern recognition receptors mannose-binding lectin (MBL), ficolin-2 and ficolin-3 contribute to the innate immune response by activating complement. Binding of soluble ficolin-2 to viral pathogens can directly neutralize virus entry. We observed that the human hepatoma cell line HuH7.5, which is routinely used for the study of hepatotropic viruses, is deficient in expression of MBL, ficolin-2 and ficolin-3. We generated a cell line that expressed and secreted ficolin-2. This cell line (HuH7.5 [FCN2]) was more resistant to infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV), ebolavirus and vesicul...
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: J Med Microbiol Source Type: research
Publication date: April 2019Source: Current Opinion in Virology, Volume 35Author(s): Venice Du Pont, Richard K Plemper, Matthias J SchnellRabies virus (RABV) constitutes a major social and economic burden associated with 60 000 deaths annually worldwide. Although pre-exposure and post-exposure treatment options are available, they are efficacious only when initiated before the onset of clinical symptoms. Aggravating the problem, the current RABV vaccine does not cross-protect against the emerging zoonotic phylogroup II lyssaviruses. A requirement for an uninterrupted cold chain and high cost of the immunoglobulin co...
Source: Current Opinion in Virology - Category: Virology Source Type: research
A bat, not a baseball bat but a mammal bat, made an appearance at an NBA game between Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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We examined raccoon and non-target species differences in investigating/removing fish-meal polymer and coated sachet baits applied to simulate two aerial bait distribution densities. Bait densities of 150 baits/km2 and 75 baits/km2 were evaluated, respectively, in zones expected to have high and low raccoon densities. Three primary non-target species visited baits: coyotes, white-tailed deer, and feral swine. The proportion of bait stations visited by raccoons during 1 week observation periods ranged from 50 to 70%, exceeding non-target species visitation. Raccoon take rates for visited baits averaged from 59 to 100%....
Source: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int Source Type: research
(BEIJING) — Chinese investigators said Thursday tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV have turned up negative for the virus that causes AIDS. The result appears to have headed off the possibility of yet another scandal involving medical products in the country. Incidents include the falsifying of production records for rabies vaccines that prompted a nationwide crackdown on the industry and the injecting of other faulty vaccines. Public outrage over such scandals has alarmed the leadership of the ruling Communist Party, moving it to respond more quickly and firmly than in the ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized China onetime Source Type: news
Abstract Rabies is a fatal zoonotic disease preventable through timely and adequate post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to potentially exposed persons i.e. wound washing and antisepsis, a series of intradermal (ID) or intramuscular (IM) rabies vaccinations, and rabies immunoglobulin in WHO category III exposures. The 2010 WHO position on rabies vaccines recommended PEP schedules requiring up to 5 clinic visits over the course of approximately one month. Abridged schedules with less doses have potential to save costs, increase patient compliance, and thereby improve equitable access to life-saving PEP for at-risk popul...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Adhering to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP): wound treatment, vaccine, and rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) is a crucial step in preventing rabies mortality. When PEP is widely available, a lack of adherence to the recommended treatment guidelines can also lead to death. Our objective was to understand characteristics associated with adherence to the vaccine regimen and RIG in Vietnam. METHODS: We obtained individual-level data on PEP adherence from registries at 10 sites located in five provinces. From these registries, we extracted epidemiologic characteristics of patients including the timi...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
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