The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Keywords: Rabies virus antibody
10 mL blood or 2 mL CSF in plain tube.
Determination of post-vaccination immune status in individuals wishing to live or work in a high risk endemic setting for rabies or who regularly handle or are injured by fruit bats.
No tests are currently available for the diagnosis of rabies or encephalitis due to Australian bat lyssavirus prior to the onset of clinical disease.
Serum antibody testing is seldom useful in supporting a clinical diagnosis of rabies as the disease often progresses to death in too short a time to allow the development of an antibody response.
An antibody level of > 0.5 is considered to indicate immunity.
Antibodies can be detected in most patients with clinical rabies within two weeks of onset.
Much higher titres are found in patients with clinical rabies than in immunised subjects.
High CSF antibody titres are seen in clinical rabies, but not after vaccination.
Smith JS. In: Baer GM ed. The Natural History of Rabies. 2nd ed. 1991. CRC Press.
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