Taiwan reports 1st rabies cases in ferret badgers in Miaoli County


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Last week, the Animal and Plant Epidemiological Prevention and Quarantine Bureau of the Taiwan Agriculture Commission announced the first positive cases of rabies in three ferrets detected in Miaoli County.

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The Bureau of Prevention and Inspection implemented a monitoring plan to actively capture small carnivorous wild animals at the epidemic junction. A total of 3 iron badgers were caught in Zhuolan Township, Miaoli County on January 1, Zhuolan Township in Miaoli County on January 7, and Taian Township in Miaoli County on January 18.

These three cases submitted for inspection are the first positive cases of ferret badger rabies detected in Miaoli County State.

The Bureau of Prevention and Inspection asked the Miaoli County Animal Protection and Epidemic Prevention Bureau to strengthen animal inspections and epidemiological investigations within its jurisdiction, and appealed to the public that if any dead wild animals are found, they should notify the local animal epidemic. protective agency and do not deal with it themselves.

According to the Department of Disease Control and Prevention, rabies is an acute inflammation of the brain caused by the rabies virus. The rabies virus enters the human body from the saliva of infected animals along with wounds caused by scratching and biting. The incubation period is about 1 to 3 months. Initial symptoms include fever, sore throat, chills, loss of appetite, vomiting, shortness of breath, cough, headache, or a strange feeling when scratching and biting the site. Excitement and fear appear after a few days, then develop into paralysis, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasm in the throat, and cause the phenomenon of hydrophobia (also known as hydrophobia), followed by mental confusion and convulsions. If medical measures are not taken, patients often die of respiratory paralysis. The mortality rate is nearly 100% without post-exposure rabies vaccination.

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