Pet Owners Line Up For Vaccinations In Taiwan Rabies Outbreak

Category: Technology / Jul 30, 2013 11:07AM EDT

More than a hundred pet owners queued up with their animals in a park in Taipei city on Tuesday (July 30) for vaccinations as more rabies cases are reported in Taiwan.

Anxious pet owners said they had been restricting their animals' activities since the outbreak.

Taipei City Animal Protection Office (TCAPO) has been providing free rabies vaccinations for pets since last week.

There are 14 confirmed cases of wild ferret-badgers found carrying rabies in mountainous areas, including two new cases confirmed on Tuesday, according to the Council of Agriculture.

Government officials are concerned infected mountain animals will infect pets living nearby, so they started offering vaccinations in 84 boroughs in Taipei.

Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said it was distributing 77,000 rabies vaccines to 12 cities and counties with rabies cases, and the rabies vaccine for humans has been provided to medical workers in the affected areas as a priority.

Taiwan has been listed as a rabies-affected area by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) after being rabies-free for 52 years.

According to the CDC, no human infections have been reported so far.

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