Vaccinating dogs and cats to prevent rabies
The governmental National Center for Zoonosis (previously Instituto Antirrabico) has begun to vaccinate a million dogs and cats for rabies in a two-day operation. The center focuses on preventing diseases that can be transmitted from animals to man.
The million is estimated to be 90% of the total population of dogs and cats. There are an estimated 1.2 million dogs and cats in the country. The vaccinations are free.
The government is investing RD$32 million in the program that starts on Monday, 26 September 2016 with the participation of several government institutions.
Around 20,000 persons will participate in the operation, including 11,000 hired by the National Center for Zoonosis. Staff from the ministries of Education, Public Health, Public Works, city governments, churches and other organizations are participating.
The director of the center, Séntola Martínez Rodríguez says there has not been a case of human rabies in over a year. The vaccination campaign is part of prevention efforts. The center sees around 1,300 persons bitten by rabies-infested dogs every year.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
Sep 26, 2016
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