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Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

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I've just been sat down chatting to Puang and she has just told me 6 people have died due to the latest rabies outbreak...

Many dogs and even buffalos have been shot to reduce the outbreak 

Thailand rushes to contain rabies outbreak

A stray dog wanders through a Buddhist temple on November 6, 2014 in Sakon Nakhon, ThailandImage copyrightTAYLOR WEIDMAN
Image captionA bite from an infected dog can pass rabies on to humans

Thailand is rushing to contain the spread of rabies after a spike in cases across the country.

The virus has been detected in 40 provinces including popular tourist areas Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Three infected people have died this year.

Rabies is passed on to humans from infected animals and is almost always fatal. 

Authorities say the outbreak is "under control" and aim to vaccinate 10 million dogs and cats by September. 

The World Health Organisation say vaccinating dogs is the most effective means of preventing rabies in humans. 

How bad is the outbreak?

There have been 400 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in Thailand since the beginning of the year, according to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD).

That's double the number over the same period in 2017.

Dogs are the main carrier of rabies in Thailand, followed by cows and cats. 

The DLD has blamed the jump in cases on pet owners not vaccinating their animals, while some local media reports suggest the vaccine has not been made readily available. 

Failure to immunise pets in Thailand is an offence punishable by a 200 baht ($6.40, £4.60) fine. 

What is being done in Thailand?

Authorities have begun vaccinating animals against the disease. The DLD has set a target to immunise 10 million cats and dogs by September this year. 

A group of stray dogs plays in a Buddhist temple on November 6, 2014 in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand.Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThailand wants to completely eliminate rabies by 2020

The department say "more than 80% of dogs and cats" in the country will be vaccinated, adding that there was "more than enough vaccine" available.

Director-general of the DLD Apai Sutti said Thailand wants to eliminate rabies by 2020. 

What happens if you get rabies? 

Rabies is almost always fatal in humans and animals. The virus affects the central nervous system, with symptoms including anxiety, headaches and fever.

What is rabies? 

The infection causes tens of thousands of human deaths every year, mainly in Asia and Africa.

Humans can be vaccinated against the virus. The rabies vaccine is still effective even if given some time after exposure to the infection. 

Should you be worried about rabies in Thailand?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say rabies is "not a major risk" to most travellers to Thailand. 

However, the CDC does advise travellers likely to be involved in outdoor activities, or those going to remote regions, to be vaccinated against rabies. 

Children are also advised to be vaccinated as they are more likely to play with animals and might not report being bitten.

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Well, eradicating all the stray dogs would be a good start....

Bit same here, except that all the dogs I see in our "soi" in Bali in fact belong to people living there. 

"For security"  Me "What do they fear, all Balinese people are nice .."

Mind you, at the jungle house we have 3, all half mad.... security... 

One just had cubs 4 or 5 .... Miss "we keep one, train for security , because our dogs are old now. And the others we sell."   No, I didn't ask to who...

Maybe the chinese butcher or restaurant.....

 

 

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All dogs and cats vaccinated last week. Dogs are upto date but she wanted them done again.

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26 minutes ago, Murchie said:

All dogs and cats vaccinated last week. Dogs are upto date but she wanted them done again.

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Do you know how much the vaccine is? 

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5 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Do you know how much the vaccine is? 

350 Baht

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32 minutes ago, Murchie said:

350 Baht

Thanks. 

Porn has a dog in the farm, just a stray that protects the family in exchange for food, just checked and she tells me the village headsman has told her they will be vaccinating soon.

Good thing though is the wee one has had a 2 course vaccination already as part of her overall health program over the last 3 years. The rest of us, well that is another issue.

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14 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Thanks. 

Porn has a dog in the farm, just a stray that protects the family in exchange for food, just checked and she tells me the village headsman has told her they will be vaccinating soon.

Good thing though is the wee one has had a 2 course vaccination already as part of her overall health program over the last 3 years. The rest of us, well that is another issue.

I'm upto date with my vaccinations, with the amount of stray dogs in Thailand it's better to be safe than sorry.

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1 hour ago, Murchie said:

I'm upto date with my vaccinations, with the amount of stray dogs in Thailand it's better to be safe than sorry.

Where do you get the rabies jab ? as kids in UK we were like pin cushions ...  I have a lot of jabs a couple of year ago Hep this and Hep that , Typhoid...

I don't think  I have had a rabies jab :) 

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1 hour ago, The Tongue said:

Thanks. 

Porn has a dog in the farm, just a stray that protects the family in exchange for food, just checked and she tells me the village headsman has told her they will be vaccinating soon.

Good thing though is the wee one has had a 2 course vaccination already as part of her overall health program over the last 3 years. The rest of us, well that is another issue.

Is that a Rabies Jab she gets ? i must confess I have never heard of a Rabies  jab ....  

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8 minutes ago, Parky said:

Where do you get the rabies jab ? as kids in UK we were like pin cushions ...  I have a lot of jabs a couple of year ago Hep this and Hep that , Typhoid...

I don't think  I have had a rabies jab :) 

Any local clinic.

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1 hour ago, Parky said:

Where do you get the rabies jab ? as kids in UK we were like pin cushions ...  I have a lot of jabs a couple of year ago Hep this and Hep that , Typhoid...

I don't think  I have had a rabies jab :) 

Yes vaccination against plenty things was the fashion in those days...

Haven't had any injection / vaccin for over 10 years now.  My 3 kids only had the ones mandatory in France when very young, and that only 1 or 2 I think.

 

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14 minutes ago, thai spice said:

Yes vaccination against plenty things was the fashion in those days...

Haven't had any injection / vaccin for over 10 years now.  My 3 kids only had the ones mandatory in France when very young, and that only 1 or 2 I think.

 

I think in UK we were 'Proud ' We never had rabies or mush of it , I believe  that was being an Island rather than any thing proactive  . well thats how I remember  it ...but I am far from an expert  on Rabies :) lol

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3 hours ago, Parky said:

Is that a Rabies Jab she gets ? i must confess I have never heard of a Rabies  jab ....  

Yes she has had a two course vaccination...

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2 hours ago, Cat Crumpet said:

Can you catch rabies from rooting a brass ?   

If you choose dogs;)

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24 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Yes she has had a two course vaccination...

I need to look 👀 into that as I plunder the odd village 🤣 lots of dogs 🐕 

Well get plundered would be a better saying ..

Regards

Sammy Sendup 

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16 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Did she bite you?

Yes but that was extra 🤣

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25 minutes ago, The Tongue said:

Did she bite you?

 

24 minutes ago, john42 said:

If you choose dogs;)

 

8 minutes ago, Parky said:

Yes but that was extra 🤣

Yeah the mutt got a bit sensual and nipped me on the nut sack , that's the last time i'm using pedigree chum as lube  -_-

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They are pretty strict in our village about dogs being vaccinated. That doesn't stop people coming round with their hand out for money to get treated for rabies when my naughty dog bites them.

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im very sorry for the dogs that are obviously going to be culled.i do love dogs.sureley it should be a case of bite first.?

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On ‎19‎/‎03‎/‎2018 at 11:53 AM, Flashing Spanners said:

I think there’s more dogs than people where i live in the back and beyond.

and where is that troll.?

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And another bunch of jungle dogs arrived....

Plan is to keep 2, the others sold or given to the local "dog buyer"...

We'll the 2 blacks with white collar.

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