Another rabies case confirmed in Taiwan; total now stands at 78
CNATAIPEI--Another Formosan ferret-badger has tested positive for rabies, bringing the number of confirmed infections in wild animals to 78 since the deadly disease resurfaced in Taiwan in mid-July after 52 years, authorities said yesterday.
August 13, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
The new infection was found in Beinan, Taitung County, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center for Rabies.
It is the first time since the reemergence of the disease that a case has been confirmed in the Eastern Taiwan township, the center said.
The Council of Agriculture will provide an additional 1,000 vaccine doses for animals, especially in areas where new rabies cases have been detected, the center added.
As of Aug. 11, some 259 wild carnivorous animals in Taiwan had been tested for rabies.
With the exception of one Asian house shrew, all of the confirmed rabies cases have been wild Formosan ferret-badgers, the center said.
The disease has been found across 39 townships or districts in eight counties and cities in central, southern and eastern Taiwan.
To date, there have been no human infections of rabies, which is nearly always fatal after the first symptoms appear.
Rabies can be effectively contained as long as more than 70 percent of domestic dogs and cats have been vaccinated against the deadly disease, the epidemic command center said, citing the experience of other countries.
Even though Taiwan has not recorded any infections in domestic dogs or cats so far, owners should help prevent the spread of the disease by protecting their pets from contact with wild animals and making sure the pets are vaccinated against the lethal virus, the center said.