Case report: the First Diagnosis of Rabies in Iraq by using Direct Immunofluorescence Antibody Test

Abstract

Rabies was diagnosed for the first time in Iraq in clinically suspected rabid ewe and dog (from Al-Basra governorate) by using the Direct Immunofluorescence Antibody Test (DFA). Fluorescent microscope inspection showed positive Rabies virus inclusions ranged between +3 to +4 scales, fluorescence, green apple in color, and dust or stars like particles scattered all over the tissue impression. Also the viral inclusions appeared round to oval in shape with different sizes which represent the typical morphology of the Rabies virus- antibody conjugates in DFA.

Keywords

Iraq, Rabies, FAT