US disease experts arrive in Taiwan to help out in rabies prevention drive
CNATAIPEI -- Four experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have arrived in Taiwan to provide assistance with rabies prevention, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said yesterday in a press release.
August 12, 2013, 11:19 am TWN
The U.S. medical group, comprising two epidemiologists, a veterinarian epidemiologist, and a wild-animal ecologist, arrived in Taiwan on Saturday night and will stay for one or two weeks, according to the press release.
These experts will hold meetings with local professionals to provide risk assessment for rabies, suggestions for monitoring wild animals, and assessment of the feasibility of administering oral vaccines to wild animals, the press release stated.
The Central Epidemic Command Center said rabies vaccines for animals were estimated to reach 2.27 million doses by the end of September, which will be sufficient for use on the nation's 1.5 million cats and dogs.
The number of confirmed infections in wild animals has hit 77 since the deadly disease resurfaced in Taiwan mid-July, the center noted. A total of 243 wild carnivorous animals were tested for the disease as of Aug. 10.
The outbreak has been found across 38 districts of eight counties and cities in central, southern, and eastern Taiwan, with most infected animals being wild Formosan ferret-badgers.
To date, no humans have been found infected with the disease, which is nearly always fatal after the first appearance of symptoms.