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OIE launches new laboratory network for rabies

Rabies is among three priority Global Programmes diseases for which the OIE, with the support of the Biological Standards Commission (BSC), in 2020 identified the need to strengthen the laboratory capacity of Members. The Network called RABLAB comprises all OIE Reference Laboratories for Rabies and will 

The BSC invited experts invited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA, and the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Germany), to lead the network. As soon as the Covid-19 pandemic permits RABLAB will start operating.

World Zoonoses Day

World Zoonoses Day, July 6, spotlights diseases caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites that spread
between animals and people. In 1885 Louis Pasteur administered the first successful rabies vaccine,
135 years later zoonotic disease prevention has been catapulted up the global agenda by Covid-19.
In a new article Professor Sarah Cleaveland and Professor Alexander Trees offer their thoughts on why
tackling rabies is a good place to start stopping zoonotic diseases and living the idea to make
One Health a reality.

Unusual rabies case in a cat from Italy

Recently, rabies has been laboratory confirmed in a cat from the Italian province of Arezzo, Tuscany.
On 27 of June 2020 the cat developed clinical signs suggestive of rabies and died four days later.
Because it attacked and bit three family members the cat was submitted for testing. Sequencing of the
isolated virus showed 98.52% homology with West Caucasian Bat Lyssavirus (WCBV). Although this
lyssavirus is known to be associated with Schreibers’ Bent-winged bat (Miniopterus schreibersii) as


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