What is the focus of history in the evaluation of rabies?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Identify the following in any suspected case of rabies virus exposure:

  • The nature of the interaction with the animal (Recall that "provocation" is not an indication of rabies risk, since humans may not understand what is provocative to a wild animal.)

  • Strange animal behavior (eg, nocturnal animal out during the daytime)

  • Vaccination status of the animal for rabies [13]

  • Availability of the animal for testing

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