Rabies has been confirmed in dog from the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Ré located at the French
Atlantic coast in February this year. There is reason to believe the dog must have contracted the infection
abroad because partial sequencing identified the rabies virus belonging to lineage Africa 1 that does not
circulate in Europe. While the owner confirmed having travelled with the dog outside Europe, the possible
site of infection is not known yet. The degree of sequence identity, however, suggest a very close genetic
relationship with rabies viruses from northern Morocco.
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