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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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MORIKAWA, Vivien Midori et al. Cat infected by a variant of bat rabies virus in a 29-year disease-free urban area of southern Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2012, vol.45, n.2, pp.255-256. ISSN 0037-8682.

INTRODUCTION: After 29 years, rabies was detected in a cat in Curitiba, southern Brazil. METHODS: The fluorescent antibody test (FAT) and mouse inoculation test (MIT) were performed on central nervous system (CNS) samples. RESULTS: Direct immunofluorescence was negative, but the biological test was positive and rabies virus was characterized as variant 4 (from Tadarida brasiliensis). CONCLUSIONS: Reappearance of rabies in domestic animals warns of sylvatic-aerial risk of infection and the necessity of monitoring bats in historically rabies-free areas.

Keywords : Feline rabies; Nonhematophagous bat; Epidemiological surveillance.

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