Rabies deserves higher priority: expert

Professor Louis Nel, from the University of Pretoria, said rabies was often handled unconnectedly by health and veterinary authorities and, because it did not affect economically vital animals, there was no public clamour for action.

Two novel lyssaviruses have recently been discovered in Africa, adding to concern about the potential human toll of rabies-like diseases, he wrote.

Professor Nel called for a pan-African approach to monitoring and data collection for rabies, which has the