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A case of human survival of rabies, South Africa

Jacqueline Weyer, Veerle Msimang-Dermaux, Janusz T. Paweska, Kevin le Roux, Premi Govender, Jessica Coertse, Wanda Markotter, Louis H. Nel, Lucille H. Blumberg
Southern African Journal of Infectious Diseases | Vol 31, No 2 | a93 | | © 2019 Jacqueline Weyer, Veerle Msimang-Dermaux, Janusz T. Paweska, Kevin le Roux, Premi Govender, Jessica Coertse, Wanda Markotter, Louis H. Nel, Lucille H. Blumberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 May 2019 | Published: 01 July 2016

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Jacqueline Weyer, Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and Division for Public Health Surveillance and Outbreak Response, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Sandringham, South Africa
Veerle Msimang-Dermaux, Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and Division for Public Health Surveillance and Outbreak Response, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Sandringham, South Africa
Janusz T. Paweska, Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and Division for Public Health Surveillance and Outbreak Response, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Sandringham, South Africa
Kevin le Roux, Allerton Provincial Veterinary Laboratory, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Premi Govender, Provincial Department of Health KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Jessica Coertse, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Wanda Markotter, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Louis H. Nel, Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Lucille H. Blumberg, Centre for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases and Division for Public Health Surveillance and Outbreak Response, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Sandringham, South Africa

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Abstract

Human survival from rabies is exceptionally rare. We report a case of human survival (with severe neurological sequelae) in a child from South Africa. The patient was exposed to rabid dogs on two separate occasions and subjected to incomplete post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies.

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human rabies; rabies; rabies survival; South Africa

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