Rabies: the green book, chapter 27

Rabies immunisation information for public health professionals, including updates.


Rabies: the green book, chapter 27

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Rabies is an acute viral encephalomyelitis caused by members of the lyssavirus genus. The disease may be caused by rabies virus genotype 1 (classical rabies) or less commonly by rabies-related lyssaviruses. The presentations are clinically indistinguishable. Rabies-related lyssaviruses implicated in human disease include European bat lyssaviruses (EBLVs) and Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV).

Published 28 November 2012
Last updated 26 May 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include changes to categories of exposure, post-exposure treatment, and advice relating to immunosuppressed individuals; updated contact details for specialist advice; removed Sanofi Rabies BP due to discontinuation.

  2. Updated chapter in view of the changes to rabies pre and post-exposure treatment.

  3. Updated the Body text to include link to NHS Choices.

  4. First published.