NOTE: A surveillance case definition is a set of uniform criteria used to define a disease for public health surveillance. Surveillance case definitions enable public health officials to classify and count cases consistently across reporting jurisdictions. Surveillance case definitions are not intended to be used by healthcare providers for making a clinical diagnosis or determining how to meet an individual patient’s health needs.
Rabies is an acute encephalomyelitis that almost always progresses to coma or death within 10 days after the first symptom.
A clinically compatible case that is laboratory confirmed by testing at a state or federal public health laboratory.
Laboratory confirmation by all of the above methods is strongly recommended.