French Guiana
Information received on 02/09/2015 from Dr Loic Evain, Directeur Général adjoint, CVO, Direction générale de l'alimentation, Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Agroalimentaire et de la Forêt, Paris, French Guiana
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 20/08/2015
Date of confirmation of the event 31/08/2015
Report date 02/09/2015
Date submitted to OIE 02/09/2015
Date event resolved 22/02/2016
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 10/2009
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Lyssavirus (RABV vampire bat rabies type)
Serotype RABV
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (02/09/2015)
Follow-up report No. 1 (18/03/2016)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (1) Cayenne, Cayenne
Date of start of the outbreak 20/08/2015
Outbreak status Resolved (22/02/2016)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 1 0 0
Affected population On Thursday 20 August, a six-month-old dog was taken to the veterinarian since he was showing a decreased appetite without neurological signs and again the next day (Friday, 21 August) following a deterioration of his general condition with convulsions, aggressiveness, visual loss and difficulties to move. He was hospitalized and died on the night from Friday to Saturday. A rabies investigation was then launched and the Pasteur Institute confirmed the diagnosis on 31 August 2015.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The virus isolated in the dog is a Lyssavirus of RABV species and of “vampire bat rabies” type. It is estimated that the virus excretion phase started on 5 August. During this period, the dog was in a fully fenced house. No run away was reported during the period. He just went out for some walks on a lead in the neighborhood and some visits to the veterinarian. The dog did not bite but could have chewed or lick wounds or the face. The epidemiological investigation has identified to date 12 contact people and no contact animals. However, there are stray cats near the house where the rabid dog was. Although the origin of the contamination of the dog is still uncertain, the most likely hypothesis is the contact with a bat, since the dog has eaten several times dead animals found in the garden. Following confirmation of the diagnosis, a regulated zone was put in place in order to limit the movements of domestic carnivores, to establish increased surveillance and to strengthen the capture of stray animals. Carnivores non properly vaccinated that could have had contact with the case will be euthanized. Carnivores properly vaccinated that could have had contact with the case will be under clinical monitoring for 6 months.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Zoning
  • Quarantine
  • Screening
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Institute Pasteur (Paris) (National laboratory) Dogs direct fluorescent antibody (FAT) test 28/08/2015 Positive
Institute Pasteur (Paris) (National laboratory) Dogs pathogen isolation on cell culture 31/08/2015 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations