Over 3.5 million dogs and cats vaccinated to stop rabies outbreak

The Livestock Development Department (LDD) has vaccinated more than 3.5 million dogs and cats nationwide and sterilized 1.5 million of them in an attempt to eradicate rabies.

Currently, temporary outbreak zones remain in 31 provinces, including parts of Bangkok.

As rabies outbreak had spread to 31 provinces, the LDD had vaccinated 3.5 million cats and dogs since October last year and expected to have 80% of the 8.2 million cat and dog vaccinated by May, said the LDD director-general Mr Apai Suttisunk.

He also said animals living in the five-kilometre radius of outbreak zone were all vaccinated.

The dog and cat population is estimated at 10 million in the country, according to last years survey. About 7.3 million dogs and cats have been registered by local authorities.

Meanwhile, the LDD has declared eight districts in the northeastern province of Kalasin temporary outbreak zones after veterinarians detected rabies virusIn Yang Talat district.

They have sent 40 dogs to a quarantine center in Nakhon Phanom for monitoring.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)