Vietnam reports 410 human rabies deaths in past 5 years


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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has just issued an urgent document directing the departments and people’s committees of the provinces and Tho Duc City to promote urgent measures for rabies prevention and control in the region.

Close-up of a dog’s face during the late stages of “stupid” paralytic rabies / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee said that statistics over the past five years across the country show that rabies has killed 410 people, and more than 2.7 million people have to receive preventive treatment, affecting public health, and causing great economic loss. Currently, the risk of rabies still occurs and causes very high mortality rates in humans.

Therefore, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee instructed the Ministry of Health to direct the health agency to coordinate with the veterinary agency to promptly report when discovering or receiving information about cases of people infected with rabies by dogs or cats or suspected rabies bite.

Promote human rabies surveillance with community participation in the “One Health” direction, in close coordination between the two veterinary health sectors, and ensure compliance with legal regulations. the law.

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In addition, ensuring access to human rabies vaccines, publishing the addresses of rabies vaccination points and informing instructions to guide people bitten by dogs and cats to medical facilities for timely preventive treatment. time.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee also asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to direct the Sub-Department of Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine to coordinate with local authorities to continue to review and count the herd of dogs and cats twice a year for their management. Closely managing herd fluctuations, as a basis for effective vaccination.

In particular, to carry out annual rabies vaccination of dogs and cats, focusing on vaccination in March and April and regular additional vaccinations according to the age of dogs and cats in the city according to the regulations.

Besides, information and publicity are promoted so that owners of dogs and cats are responsible for strictly complying with dog management regulations, and do not let dogs be discharged… Organize professional training for veterinary staff to improve the skills of observation, risk assessment, investigation and treatment of rabies outbreaks; Continuing to train workers in the popular committees in the wards and communes to hunt stray dogs in the area.

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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee also instructed the head of the Tho Duc City and District People’s Committee to organize an accurate review and statistics on the number of households keeping dogs and cats in each residential area; directing and ordering the families of dogs and cats to adhere to the strict implementation of the declaration and advertising of animal production activities; Commitment to keeping dogs and cats in family places, ensuring veterinary hygiene conditions, not affecting the surrounding people, and vaccinating dogs and cats against rabies in accordance with regulations.

Local regions were also mandated to establish and set up a team mechanism to deal with stray dogs and carry out the work of catching stray dogs in the region.

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