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Rabies, Animal
1997 Case Definition

CSTE Position Statement(s)

  • 09-ID-12

Laboratory Criteria for Diagnosis

  • A positive direct fluorescent antibody test (preferably performed on central nervous system tissue)
  • Isolation of rabies virus (in cell culture or in a laboratory animal)

Case Classification


A case that is laboratory confirmed.


The 1997 case definition appearing on this page was originally published in the 1990 MMWR and re-published in the 2009 CSTE position statement 09-ID-12.1,2 Thus, the 1990, 1997, and 2010 versions of the case definition are identical.


  1. CDC. (1990). Case Definitions for Public Health Surveillance. MMWR, 39(RR-13), 1-43.
  2. CDC. (1997). Case Definitions for Infectious Conditions Under Public Health Surveillance. MMWR, 46(RR-10), 1-55.