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Rabies-like virus outbreak in Australia

Michael Poidinger mikep at biosci.uq.edu.au
Tue Jan 14 03:43:31 EST 1997

On 13 Jan 1997 08:08:51 -0800, julian at scientia.up.ac.za wrote:

>I read about a recent outbreak of a Rabies-like virus in Australia.
>Does anyone know which virus it was, and where the oubreak occured.
>Thanks in advance

The virus was a lyssavirus in the classical rabies group, with >90%
sequence homology in some regions sequenced to classical rabies.  It
killed a woman in NSW, was found to be transmitted by bats, and
serological evidence of widespread infection of bats throughout the
Eastern Australian seaboard has now been found (seroprevalence a few
%, from memory)


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