An outbreak of 26 cases of vampire bat bite in one month in the rural area of Honoropolis, a Brazilian village, is reported.
All patients were bitten during the night, when they were asleep, and most bites were on their toes.
No complication attributed to the bite was reported.
The patients were given prophylactic antirabies serum and rabies vaccine.
Control of the outbreak was achieved by visiting bat roosting sites, smearing captured vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) with a paste of 2 ; warfarin in vaseline, and releasing them.
No case of human or animal rabies was diagnosed in a 5-month follow-up.
Mots-clés Pascal : Morsure, Desmodus rotundus, Chiroptera, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Homme, Brésil, Amérique du Sud, Amérique, Transmission animal homme, Infection, Epidémiologie, Vampire, Chauve-souris
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Bite, Desmodus rotundus, Chiroptera, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Human, Brazil, South America, America, Transmission from animal to man, Infection, Epidemiology
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Code Inist : 002B05A03. Création : 199406.