Center announces four new cases of rabies found in ferret-badgers
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Central Epidemic Command Center for Rabies yesterday announced an additional four confirmed cases of rabies found in wild ferret-badgers, adding Tainan's Zuojhen District (左鎮區) and Pingtung's Wutai Township (霧台鄉) to the list of locations where the disease has spread.
August 18, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
As of Aug. 16, the Animal Health Research Institute inspected a total of 356 wild carnivores. Excluding 87 ferret-badgers, the others all tested negative for rabies.
The confirmed cases of rabies were found in wild ferret-badgers spread out across nine counties and cities, including 42 townships and villages.
The center inspected 36 animals on Friday and found that four ferret-badgers, from Taichung's Heping District (和平區), Tainan's Zuojhen District, Pingtung's Wutai Township and Taitung's Beinan Township (卑南鄉), had contracted rabies.
The remaining 32 all tested negative for the disease.
The center said that the local animal disease prevention authorities in Tainan and Pingtung have stepped up their efforts to vaccinate cats and dogs in the mountainous areas.
According to local reports, the government has so far received 2,517 applications for rabies vaccinations against animal bites and scratches. Of the more than 2,000 applications, 1,755 have been approved.