Rabies

Last updated: Saturday, 07, August, 2010
PresentationAppropriate Tests

History of risk exposure.

Rabies virus antibodies-serum, CSF.

Tissue biopsy with EM.

Virus detection, culture from infected tissue, eg, brain, cornea, skin bioposy (from nape of neck, above the hair line).

In Australasia, transport of specimens suspected to contain rabies virus requires discussion with regional authorities.

Rabies vaccine can be used for prophylaxis, before and after risk of exposure, but is of no value in clinical rabies.

Fever

Hydrophobia

 Hypersalivation

Dyspnoea