Human Rabies during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights into Rabies Worldwide and Brazil

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2024 Feb 12:57:e003002024. doi: 10.1590/0037-8682-0520-2023. eCollection 2024.


Human Rabies (HR) is a fatal zoonotic disease caused by lyssaviruses, with the rabies virus (RABV) identified as the causative agent. While the incidence of HR transmitted by dogs has decreased in Latin America, there has been a corresponding rise in transmission via wild animals. Given the lack of effective treatments and specific therapies, the management of HR relies on the availability of post-exposure prophylaxis and animal control measures. This review examines the dynamics and spread of HR during the global pandemic.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Dogs
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Rabies virus*
  • Rabies* / epidemiology
  • Rabies* / prevention & control
  • Rabies* / veterinary