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Karl Fischer kfischer at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca
Tue Mar 21 13:50:45 EST 1995


In article <3knksl$gr5 at cisunix1.dfci.harvard.edu>,
york at mbcrr.dfci.harvard.edu (Ian A. York) wrote:

> In article <3kk1i6$439t at pegasus.unm.edu> bhjelle at unm.edu writes:
> >
> >Again, I don't understand the firm connection in your mind between
> >transmissability and virulence. These concepts should be dissociated.
> 
>         I may have missed this somewhere; there is one very obvious 
> example of a very successful virus with very high virulence and high
> transmissibility - rabies.  It's as near as dammit to 100% lethal, it 
> moves pretty fast once it hits the brain (i.e. relatively short window of 
> transmissibility) and yet is perfectly capable of large scale epidemics, 
> which indicate how transmissible it can be.

Hmmm..."large scale epidemics" of rabies...I know it is endemic in the fox
population in certain areas of Europe but I've never heard of an epidemic
of rabies. Anyone??

Karl

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Karl Fischer
kfischer at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca
tyr-2 at bones.biochem.ualberta.ca



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