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Rabies in Sri Lanka: Splendid isolation

Nanayakkara S, Smith J, Rupprecht C...(+3 more)

Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 9, issue 3 (2003) pp. 368-371

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Rabies virus exists in dogs on Sri Lanka as a single, minimally divergent lineage only distantly related to other rabies virus lineages in Asia. Stable, geographically isolated virus populations are susceptible to local extinction. A fully implemented rabies-control campaign could make Sri Lanka the first Asian country in >30 years to become free of rabies virus.

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