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4.4.4 Is there a diagnostic hierarchy to follow?

Yes. It is crucial and advantageous for routine rabies diagnosis to follow a diagnostic hierarchy as follows:

• FAT- or DRIT- positive result: presence of lyssavirus infection sufficiently confirmed
• FAT- or DRIT- negative result: absence of lyssavirus infection sufficiently confirmed
• FAT- or DRIT- inconclusive result: confirm using recommended alternative techniques
• FAT- or DRIT- negative result (in a context of human exposure): confirm using recommended alternative techniques

Diagramatically, this is represented:


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