In article <kfischer-2103951950450001 at duckter.glaxo.med.ualberta.ca> kfischer at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca (Karl Fischer) writes:
>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??
In Ontario, where I worked as a vet for a few years, there were
periodic outbreaks of rabies in the local fox population. One summer
there were sightings of rabidd foxes every day in the county; the next
year, there were none. There were also damn few foxes left; before the
rabies outbreak, I had often seen foxes when I went out on early morning
calls; the next year I saw none. Anecdotal, aure, but all the health
officials I spoke to took it for granted that rabies acted as an
epidemic, with a boom-and-bust cycle.
Ian York (york at mbcrr.harvard.edu)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115
Phone (617)-632-3921 Fax (617)-632-2627