NEW MEXICO new strain of rabies discovered in fox

May 21, 2015

New strain of rabies discovered in N.M. fox Officials in New Mexico said a previously undocumented strain of rabies has been identified. Using genetic sequencing of a sample taken from an infected fox, scientists found a strain that resembles but is distinct from the virus carried by bats. A woman bitten by the fox received post-exposure prophylaxis and did not develop rabies. Dead animals in the area will be collected and tested. New Mexico state veterinarian Paul Ettestad said finding a novel form of rabies is unusual. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (5/19)