1999 issue 1

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Volume 8, issue 1

Choroby infekcyjne o.u.n.

Rabies in man and animals – prevalence, diagnostics, controlling

MARCIN SMRECZAK1, JAN F. ŻMUDZIŃSKI1
1. Zakładu Wirusologii Państwowego Instytutu Weterynaryjnego w Puławach
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1999, 8, 37-49
Keywords: rabies, epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention

Abstract

Classification of the rabies virusand epidemiology of the disease in all continents inrecent years are discussed in the paper. A typicalcourse of rabies infection in man and in some domesticand wild animals is presented. Laboratorydiagnostics of rabies, using mostly immunofluorescencemethods, is highly sensitive. The currentlymost important method of the disease preventionconsists in putting out oral vaccine for animalsliving in the wild, especially for foxes. Since verygood results have been obtained using this methodin Western regions of Poland, it is presently beingimplemented all over the country.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Marcin Smreczak, Zakład Wirusologii Państwowego Instytutu Weterynaryjnego,
ul. Partyzantów 57, 24-100 Puławy