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Rabies, a neglected disease that is still rife in Cambodia

Child photographed during World Rabies Day on September 28, 2013 in Cambodia. © Arnaud Tarantola - Institut Pasteur Cambodge

Rabies is an acute neurological syndrome caused by a lyssavirus in the Rhabdoviridae family. One hundred percent of declared cases are fatal. Rabies has the highest death rate of all known diseases in humans. It may, however, be prevented in 100% of cases by means of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), following a bite, for example. This consists of vaccination, where applicable associated with the administration of immunoglobulins.

Learn about the situation of rabies in Cambodia, and the work done by colleagues of the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia to control the disease and vaccinate the population, with Didier Fontenille, director of the institute.

Text published on The Research Journal of the Institut Pasteur (29 March 2017): here


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