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Rabies vaccine supplies sufficient: CDC

Rabies vaccine supplies sufficient: CDC

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday that Taiwan's supplies of rabies vaccine are sufficient but that it will continue to purchase more as a part of efforts to control the disease that has recently resurfaced in the country. Vaccines for human use have been distributed to 28 medical facilities across Taiwan and an additional 10,000 doses are expected to arrive Aug. 2, said CDC Director-General Chang Feng-yi. By next week, rabies shots will be available at 54 medical facilities around the country, Chang went on. He said that 300 medical workers in the areas affected by the outbreak had started to receive shots Monday, and that another 3,000, such as dog catchers, mountain rangers and customs officers that are among those at high risk of exposure to the rabies virus will be prioritized for vaccination over the next three weeks. During the July 21-28 period, 66 of 145 people were confirmed to require rabies shot after being scratched by animals. Thirty people were vaccinated in a single day on July 28. A day earlier, the Council of Agriculture (COA) reported a new case of a wild Formosan ferret-badger found to be infected with rabies in landlocked Nantou County, bringing the number of confirmed rabies cases to 12. So far, all 12 rabies-infected ferret-badgers have been found in mountainous areas -- six in Nantou, two in Taitung in eastern Taiwan, and one each in Yunlin, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan. The CDC said 77,000 doses of rabies vaccine for animal use have been distributed to the 12 cities or counties where rabies cases have been reported. Meanwhile, local governments with confirmed rabies cases in their jurisdictions are gearing up to fight the outbreak. In Nantou, the COA's Animal Health Research Institute continued to provide free vaccine shots in Yuchih Township Monday, where confirmed cases have reported. An estimated 200 pet dogs and cats were vaccinated that day. The Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office also gave rabies shots to 2,300 dogs and cats Sunday, according to the city's Agriculture Bureau, while the Kaohsiung city government followed suit the following day for pets in 11 administrative districts. (By Chen Ching-fang, Yang Su-ming, Lin Heng-li, Sophia Chen, Wang Shwu-fen and Nell Shen)


Updated : 2021-10-25 10:00 GMT+08:00