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Brazilian Journal of Microbiology

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SILVA, Maria Luana Cristiny Rodrigues et al. Isolation of rabies virus from the parotid salivary glands of foxes (Pseudalopex vetulus) from Paraíba State, Northeastern Brazil. Braz. J. Microbiol. [online]. 2009, vol.40, n.3, pp.446-449. ISSN 1678-4405.

To determine the presence of rabies virus in the parotid salivary glands, 12 road-killed rabies-positive hoary foxes (Pseudoalopex vetulus) were tested by using the fluorescent antibody test (FAT) and mouse inoculation test (MIT). All 12 parotid salivary glands were positive for both tests, although in some cases several passages were required. The findings of this study support the importance of the hoary fox as rabies reservoir in the semi-arid region of Paraíba State, Northeastern Brazil.

Keywords : Parotid gland; fox; rabies virus; isolation; Paraíba State.

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