Of love and other demons: depicting human rabies in Colombia

Luis Octavio Tierradentro-García, María Camila Cortés-Albornoz, Claudia Talero-Gutiérrez

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Human rabies has been described by various cultures in many countries around the world. Gabriel García Márquez's novel Of love and other demons recounts the story of a girl who, in colonial Colombia in the 18th century, was bitten by a rabid dog. This paper aims to review the general status of the disease in Colombia and interweave it with García Márquez's book. Developed countries have successfully controlled dog-mediated rabies virus transmission, whereas in some countries in Latin America wildlife and canine rabies are still an issue. Our approach suggests that although the measures that have been taken to mitigate dog-transmitted rabies have worked well in most parts of the world, greater efforts are required to control sylvatic rabies transmitted by bats or other mammals, as occurs in Colombia. Since developing countries are the most affected by the disease at present, transdisciplinary commitment between human and veterinary sectors is necessary to fight against rabies virus transmission.

Translated title of the contributionDel amor y otros demonios: retratando la rabia humana en Colombia
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere09703
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 10 2022

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