Recent occurrence of rabies in Korea Republic (1993-1994).
Pathology Division teams of National Veterinary Research Institute surveyed the occurrence of rabies in dogs, cattle and wild animals from September 1993 to December 1994 using indirect fluorescent antibody test, histopathological observation of the Negri body, mouse inoculation tests and transmission EM for confirmation of the diagnosis. Out of a total of 23 cases, 2 were in wild racoons, 9 in dogs and 12 in cattle. The rabid dogs showed anorexia, aggressive biting of other animals and biting of the soil, other objects and even their own tail. The cattle showed anorexia, severe salivation, bellowing and excitement. Two wild raccoons captured from Kyounggi province showed no clinical signs. 13 humans were bitten by rabid animals during the survey, but all were protected by post-exposure vaccination. It is suggested that the wild racoon serves as a host for rabies in the Korea Republic.