Rabies: old disease, new challenges

Haider, Shariq
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/26/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 5, p562
Academic Journal
The article offers information about rabies which poses new challenges. The said disease could be traced back in the ancient Egypt. It is caused by an RNA virus from Lyssavirus which can infect all mammals. September 8, 2007 had been assigned as the World Rabies Day of the World Health Organization for the awareness of the disease's high mortality in several countries including India, Philippines, Oceania, Africa, and Latin America. Diagnosis of the disease is difficult due to its long incubation period. It eventually leads to viral encephalitis. On the other hand, North America is facing a new challenge of rabies brought by bats because bat bites are unrecognized and there is a lack of bat exposure's history.


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