Laboratory investigation of human deaths from vampire bat rabies in Peru.

  title={Laboratory investigation of human deaths from vampire bat rabies in Peru.},
  author={Cynthia K. Warner and Sherif R. Zaki and W. J. Shieh and Sue Whitfield and Jean S. Smith and Lillian A. Orciari and John Shaddock and Michael Niezgoda and Colin W. Wright and C. S. Brown E. L. Goldsmith and Donald Sanderlin and Pamela A. Yager and Charles E. Rupprecht},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  volume={60 3},
In the spring of 1996, multiple cases of an acute febrile illness resulting in several deaths in remote locations in Peru were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The clinical syndromes for these cases included dysphagia and encephalitis. Because bat bites were a common occurrence in the affected areas, the initial clinical diagnosis was rabies. However, rabies was discounted primarily because of reported patient recovery. Samples of brain tissue from two of the… CONTINUE READING


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