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Taiwan kicks off rabies vaccination campaign

Taiwan kicks off rabies vaccination campaign

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) Taiwan kicked off a series of rabies public awareness and vaccination campaigns on Friday ahead of World Rabies Day, which falls on Sept. 28. The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine announced that the campaign will include roving medical stations where veterinarians will give rabies vaccines to cats and dogs, with free or discount treatment given to animals in high risk areas. Bureau Director General Chang Su-san (???) said that from 2013 until August this year, Taiwan had tested 5,320 animal specimens countrywide. Among them, 482 ferret-badgers, five masked palm civets, one house shrew, and a puppy that was bitten by a ferret-badger had tested positive for rabies. Chang stressed that vaccination is a crucial measure to fighting against the rabies virus. If the vaccination rate could reach more than 70 percent, rabies transmission between people and animals can be prevented., Chang said. She urged the public not to abandon their pets, not to go near wild animals and to get their pets vaccinated regularly to prevent the spread of rabies.
The bureau pointed out that cats and dogs should get their first dose of rabies shots when they are 3-months-old and get a shot regularly every year after that. In 2013, Taitung County reported an outbreak of rabies, the first resurfacing of the disease in Taiwan since 1961. (By Chen Cheng-wei and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 16:11 GMT+08:00