2 new rabies cases confirmed, bringing national total to 112
CNATAIPEI -- Two ferret-badgers tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 112 wild animals since the deadly disease resurfaced in mid-July after an apparent absence of 52 years.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Central Epidemic Command Center for Rabies on Wednesday announced the two newly confirmed infections, which come from Zuozhen District in the southern city of Tainan and Beinan Township in the eastern Taitung County.
Include the two new cases, rabies-infected animals have been found across 47 administrative divisions of nine counties and cities in central, southern and eastern Taiwan.
As of Sept. 3, a total of 490 wild carnivores had been tested for the disease, according to the command center. Of the 112 confirmed rabies infections, only one was an infected Asian house shrew while all of the rest have been ferret badgers.
Officials notified the World Organization for Animal Health about the rabies outbreak among the ferret-badgers on July 17, putting Taiwan back on the map of rabies-afflicted countries — a status it had not been labeled with since 1961.
Though Taiwan has not recorded any infections in dogs or cats so far, the command center urged owners to keep their pets away from wild animals and ensure their vaccines are up-to-date to help prevent the virus from spreading further.