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Current perspectives on rabies 1. The biology of rabies and rabies-related viruses
  1. Jenny Bowen-Davies

    Jenny Bowen-Davies left practice in 1995 to undertake a master's degree in wild animal health at the University of London. She subsequently worked as a wildlife veterinarian in Botswana, where she carried out a study on rabies. On her return to the UK in 1998, she joined the Veterinary Laboratories Agency as deputy head of the Rabies Research and Diagnostic Group.

  2. Paul Lowings

    Paul Lowings graduated in cell and molecular biology from King's College, London, in 1983 and subsequently gained a PhD from University College, London. In 1991, he joined the Central Veterinary Laboratory (now the VLA). Initially studying the molecular biology of bovine viral diarrhoea virus and classical swine fever virus, he became head of the Rabies Research and Diagnostic Group in 1997.


RABIES is an almost invariably fatal zoonosis which is endemic in wildlife and/or domestic animals in most parts of the world. Safe and effective pre-exposure vaccination is available for man, all domestic and many wildlife species. Post-exposure treatment in man is also effective but must be undertaken as soon as possible after infection. The aim of this article is to provide veterinarians unfamiliar with the disease with an understanding of the biology of rabies. A second article, to be published in the next issue, will describe the clinical disease and its control.

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