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Concern about spread of rabies grows after another case reported

Concern about spread of rabies grows after another case reported

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) A new confirmed case of rabies involving a ferret-badger has been detected in southern Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced Monday, which worried that the disease may be spreading with the movement of the animal. The COA's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said the Kenting National Park Headquarters was informed of a dead masked palm civet and a ferret-badger on Jan. 1 and Jan. 3, respectively. The ferret badger was tested and confirmed to have been infected with the rabies virus, while the masked palm civet was not. According to bureau statistics, Taiwan has tested 4,505 specimens involving wild animals, cats, dogs and bats for rabies. A total of 276 rabies cases were confirmed in 2013, all of them involving ferret badgers except for one case involving a house shrew and a puppy that was bitten by a ferret-badger. In 2014, there were 147 cases involving ferret-badgers, and one case involving a masked palm civet, and in the first four days of the new year, one ferret-badger was confirmed to have been infected with rabies. Rabies cases have been reported in 63 townships in nine cities and counties so far. The bureau suspected that rabies cases have mainly spread among ferret-badgers, and the virus may have spread due to their movement. Taiwan was listed as rabies-free from 1961 until the deadly disease was confirmed in three Formosan ferret-badgers in June 2013. (By Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:34 GMT+08:00