10 new rabies infections bring total to 63
CNATAIPEI--Tests have confirmed rabies in 10 more Formosan ferret badgers, bringing the number of confirmed infections in wild animals to 63 since the deadly disease resurfaced in Taiwan mid July, authorities said yesterday.
August 10, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The newly discovered infections come from Taichung City and Nantou County in central Taiwan and Tainan and Chiayi County in the south, said the Central Epidemic Command Center for Rabies.
Aside from one Asian house shrew, the rest of the 63 confirmed cases have all been wild Formosan ferret-badgers, the center said. A total of 194 wild carnivorous animals had been tested for the disease as of Aug. 8.
The outbreak has been found across 33 districts of eight counties and cities in central, southern and eastern Taiwan.
To date, no humans have been found infected with the disease, which can be fatal if left untreated.
On Friday, protestors outside the Council of Agriculture (COA) demanded measures to reduce the number of stray dogs by euthanizing animals in shelters.