Rabies - Bulletin - Europe

Rabies Information System of the WHO

Vaccinating 3300 dogs against rabies in just 4 days

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

It is generally accpeted that oral rabies vaccination (ORV) is the most underused of all tools in the global fight against canine rabies. In an emergency vaccination in the Zambesi region of Namibia a team comprising of Namibian veterinarians and FLI rabies experts was able to vaccinate more than 3300 local free-roaming dogs in just 4 days exclusively using oral vaccine baits containing a 3rd generation oral rabies vaccine. The data obtained impressively underline the performance of this methodology under field conditions and call for large-scale implementation.

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