Rabies in Sri Lanka: Splendid isolation

by Susilakanthi Nanayakkara, Jean S. Smith, Charles E. Rupprecht
Emerging Infectious Diseases ()


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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