Risk of rabies transmission and adverse effects of postexposure prophylaxis in health care workers exposed to a fatal case of human rabies

Publié le 1 Juin 2012
Mis à jour le 5 juillet 2019

On May 27, 2008, a patient died from rabies at the Cayenne Hospital in French Guiana. Postexposure prophylaxis vaccination was implemented for all health care workers exposed to this patient. Examining the management of such a rare risk reveals important factors in the education of personnel who may have contact with a patient with rabies, to permit appropriate risk assessment and reduce unnecessary postexposure prophylaxis, taking into account the risks and costs of adverse events. (R.A.)

Auteur : Mahamat A, Meynard JB, Djossou F, Dussart P, Demar M, Fontanella JM, Hommel D, Flamand C, Bourhy H, Spiegel A
American Journal of Infection Control, 2012, vol. 40, n°. 5, p. 456-8