Rabies in Sri Lanka: Splendid isolation
- ISSN: 10806040
- ISBN: 1080-6040 (Print) 1080-6040 (Linking)
- DOI: 10.3201/eid0903.020545
- PubMed: 12643834
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.