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Biomédica 2009, 29 2

Autor: Alan C. Jackson



Biomédica ISSN: 0120-4157 Instituto Nacional de Salud Colombia C.
Jackson, Alan Therapy of rabies encephalitis Biomédica, vol.
29, núm.
2, junio, 2009 Instituto Nacional de Salud Bogotá, Colombia Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Biomédica Instituto Nacional de Salud Volumen 29, No.
2, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia - Junio, 2009 Editorial Therapy of rabies encephalitis Worldwide, human rabies continues to be an important public health problem with about 55,000 human deaths each year; most cases occur in Asia and Africa (1).
As human rabies transmitted from dogs has become under control in Latin America, the problem of transmission from vampire and insectivorous bats becomes more apparent.
Prevention of rabies in rabies vectors and in humans after exposures is extremely important.
But when these steps fail, physicians are faced with a very difficult medical management problem, which was recently comprehensively reviewed by a group of clinicians with expertise in rabies and basic researchers in the pathogenesis of the disease (2). Combination therapy was recommended based on successes in other diseases, including cancer, human immunodeficiency virus infection, and chronic hepatitis C infection.
Therapy with a variety of specific agents was discussed as well as the general approach to aggressive therapy and favorable factors for initiating this approach.
Unfortunately, no effective therapy is available for rabies at this time.
However, until recently only patients who received rabies vaccine prior to the onset of their clinical disease have survived (3).
There was a recent American survivor who did not receive rabies vaccine and was t...

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