Rabies — New Challenges by an Ancient Foe

  • Richard W. Emmons


It has only been four years since Dr. Jean Smith presented to the 5th session of this series of symposia an excellent talk entitled “The Changing World of Rabies” (Baer and Smith, 1986). That very timely report discussed new techniques in laboratory diagnosis, new knowledge of the pathogenesis of rabies and the host’s immune response, the exciting developments in monoclonal antibody analysis for strain differentiation, and hopeful trends in prevention and treatment of rabies. But it is worthwhile to check in again on the progress that is being made — and the challenges that still remain. I’ll need to repeat some of the topics covered in 1985, but will highlight some other new information as well; and anyway, this audience has changed; and the fascination and challenge of rabies are as great as ever.


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  • Richard W. Emmons
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  1. 1.Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory, Division of LaboratoriesCalifornia State Department of Health ServicesBerkeleyUSA

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