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Infect Dis Poverty. 2013 Oct 2;2(1):22. doi: 10.1186/2049-9957-2-22.

Towards a science of rabies elimination.

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Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Associated Institute to the University of Basel, PO Box CH-4002, Basel, Switzerland.


Wenwu Yin and co-workers conducted a systematic review on challenges and needs to eliminate rabies in China (Yin et al., 2013 in this journal). Their analysis shows that there is considerable overrepresentation of laboratory and basic epidemiology research. On the other hand, information on effective control activities and policies are nearly absent. Currently we know enough to control and eliminate dog rabies effectively. Continuing basic research while not engaging in the control of rabies appears almost cynical. Why is it not attractive to do research on effective control and elimination? Let us move now from the biological understanding to the science of rabies elimination.

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