edited by E. Kuwert, C. Merieux, H. Koprowski, and K. Bogel. Proceedings of an international conference on rabies control in the tropics, Tunis, 3–6 October 1983. xviii + 786 pages, illustrated. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., 175 Fifth Avenue, New York 10010. 1985. $52.00
Alexis ShelokovThe Salk Institute, Columbia, Maryland 21045
As Kuwert points out in the foreword, rabies today is still a major killer affecting humans and animals in many countries of Asia, Africa and South America. As many as 50,000 people and millions of animals suffer and die from this disease each year. The Tunis conference brought together workers from nearly 70 developed and developing countries to consider the feasibility of ultimate elimination of rabies. More than 100 individual reports were presented during the seven scientific sessions of the four-day conference, with each session devoted to a major topic.
The opening session provided recent laboratory information on rabies and rabies-related viruses. This served as background for the next three sessions which dealt in-depth with rabies vaccines for humans and animals, including problems with their quality control, and culminated in a consideration of rabies vaccines of the future.