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May 28, 2020

Vaccination aims to end dog-transmitted rabies in Mandalay

A Veter inarian vaccinates the dog against rabies.  Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)
A Veter inarian vaccinates the dog against rabies.  Photo: Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

As part of its anti-rabies initiatives, the Mandalay Region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department is implementing a dog rabies vaccination programme with the aim of eliminating the infectious rabies virus.
To mark World Veterinary Day that is observed globally on 28 April, the department vaccinated pet dogs and cats within the compound of its office free of charge on 29 April.
Also, the department has offered rabies vaccines to dogs living in Buddhist monasteries and universities.
This is part of the government’s programme to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030, the goal set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to WHO, rabies is a viral infectious disease that occurs in more than 150 countries and territories. Dog-transmitted rabies accounts for some 99 per cent of human rabies cases. It is estimated that 59,000 people die from rabies every year. The world’s poorest are the most affected.
Myanmar is one of the countries with the highest death rates from rabies in Southeast Asia, a 100 per cent preventable disease.—Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)


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