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2.1.2 The epidemiology of rabies

For effective rabies surveillance, fundamental knowledge about the epidemiology of rabies and its reservoir hosts is of utmost importance. Crucial facts include: the characteristics of either dog- or wildlife-mediated rabies, how dog and wildlife rabies are transmitted, how rabies spreads in reservoir hosts, the clinical course of an infection, the clinical signs of rabies in humans and animals, and under which circumstances dogs or wildlife are considered reservoir species or spillover hosts. Insights are also necessary into the behavioral ecology of reservoir hosts. Last, but not least, education and training of staff is needed on these issues. You can get more details from the dog rabies blueprint (section 5.1.1) or the fox rabies blueprint (section 5.1.1).


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