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Rabies Transmitted by Vaccinia.

A case of transdermal human infection with the vaccinia-rabies glycoprotein virus has been documented.

The 28-year-old patient, who had a chronic skin condition, was exposed to the vaccine when she was bitten by her dog, said Dr. Charles E. Rupprecht of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and his colleagues.

The patient was admitted to the hospital and successfully treated with antibiotics, although she required incision and drainage of an abscess at the site of the dog bite. Lab tests revealed that she was infected by the vaccinia-rabies virus (N. Engl. J. Med. 345[8]:582-86, 2001).

The case report underscores the need for improved awareness about the extensive use of vaccinia virus for control of rabies in wildlife populations, as well as the dangers of exposure among immuno-compromised individuals and those with exfoliative skin conditions.
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Title Annotation:woman with skin disease infected by rabies virus from recently vaccinated dog
Author:Worcester, Sharon
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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