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New rabies virus found in Tanzania

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RESEARCHERS at the University of Glasgow and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency have identified a new type of rabies virus in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Writing in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the researchers describe how the virus was identified in samples of brain from a civet – a cat-like nocturnal mammal – with clinical signs consistent with rabies, which had been killed by rangers in Ikoma Ward of the national park after it had bitten a child in an unprovoked attack. Initial tests at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Tanzania were …

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