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Be aware of the spread of rabies, vaccinate to eliminate
Dog-mediated virus 99% fatal, 100% preventable
World Rabies Day is on September 28 and Australian-based international animal charity Vets Beyond Borders is highlighting the importance of vaccinating dogs to help prevent the spread of the deadly rabies virus.
Rabies kills nearly 60,000 people around the world every year, according to the World Health Organisation. The virus is spread through the saliva of infected animals by biting another animal or a person, and it is always fatal once clinical symptoms appear. An estimated 5.5 billion plus people live at daily risk of rabies¹.
“Rabies is nearly always fatal but it’s 100 per cent preventable by vaccination,” said Maryann Dalton, CEO of Vets Beyond Borders, which deploys volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses across the globe to deliver animal health and community awareness programs where they are desperately needed. “Australia does not have rabies. But we need to bring this deadly dog-mediated disease to the Australian public’s attention.”
Rabies warning in Australia
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture is warning the virus could reach Australia’s shores at any time as it spreads across our northern neighbours. There is the risk of yachts carrying rabies-infected dogs from Indonesia landing on Australia’s northern coastline and mixing with dingoes and community cats and dogs. If these dogs become infected with rabies, they would be a huge threat to the health and safety of the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people living in northern Australia communities.
This year’s World Rabies Day awareness theme is Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate and highlights the importance of keeping dogs vaccinated, helping people in need to seek and obtain life-saving treatment (post-exposure prophylaxis), and committing to the 2030 goal of eliminating rabies by death.
“Dog bites cause almost all human cases of rabies,” said Ms Dalton. “We can prevent rabies deaths through increased awareness, vaccinating dogs to prevent disease at its source, and timely life-saving post-bite treatment for people.”
VBB anti-rabies program eliminating dog-mediated deaths
Vets Beyond Borders has been running animal birth control and anti-rabies programs in India (which carries a third of the world’s rabies burden) for nearly 15 years, providing canine rabies vaccination, humane dog population control, community education and treatment of sick and injured animals.
“VBB’s Sikkim Anti-Rabies and Animal Health (SARAH) program is the first state-wide rabies program and has demonstrated successful near elimination of this dog-mediated disease²,” said Ms Dalton.
In the last financial year, VBB desexed over 7,000 animals, administered nearly 36,000 doses of anti-rabies vaccine and 290 doses of distemper vaccine, in addition to the medical, surgical and hospital care VBB provides to hundreds of sick and injured domestic animals and wildlife.
During the current financial year, in addition to treating sick and injured animals, VBB will administer 30,000 to 40,000 rabies vaccinations plus approximately 200 distemper vaccinations and sterilisation of up to 9,000 dogs, Ms Dalton added.
“Vets Beyond Borders provides the volunteers and facilitates clinical skill development of local vets,” she said. “We need funds to purchase medical equipment and vaccinations to treat street dogs for distemper, parvo and rabies.”
For more information about Vets Beyond Borders’ animal health and community awareness programs, please visit www.vetsbeyondborders.org
Click here for Vets Beyond Border’s #WorldRabiesDay awareness campaign.
How can you help prevent the spread of rabies?
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture has released an educational video, ‘Keep a Top Watch’ on rabies in the community, as well as information on the signs of rabies.
The public can help prevent the spread of rabies by always declaring animals brought into Australia and immediately reporting any suspected case of rabies by phoning the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888
About Vets Beyond Borders
Vets Beyond Borders is an international animal charity based in Australia that is operating since 2003 to help improve the lives of animals and humans in developing communities around the world. Through its VetMatch and VetTrain programs, VBB deploys volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses across the globe to deliver quality animal health and education/community awareness programs where they are desperately needed.
Our volunteers provide desperately needed veterinary treatment and are actively involved in anti-rabies immunisation (ABC-AR) projects and efforts to humanely control the population of homeless dogs and cats by surgical sterilisation (animal birth control surgery) across the globe. In Australia, VBB’s AVERT (Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team) program has volunteers standing ready to deliver prompt treatment to animals affected by natural disaster or outbreak of exotic disease.
For more information about VBB programs and how you can help, please visit www.vetsbeyondborders.org/donate-to-charity/
As of 1 July 2019, the legal requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public no longer applies for greyhounds registered on the NSW Pet Registry.
The change is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving living standards and re-homing rates for the breed and to help improve whole-of-life tracking of racing greyhounds.
Just like all breeds of dogs in NSW, greyhounds will still be required to be on a leash while in public at all times.
A greyhound will still require a muzzle in an off-leash area if it has not undergone an approved retraining program. Greyhounds that have completed this program will continue to wear identifying green collars, or, alternatively the person in charge of the animal can carry a completion card.
The same penalty that applies now for an un-muzzled greyhound in an off-leash area will still apply if the animal has not completed an approved retraining program.
In addition, the Office of Local Government will be issuing the attached guidance recommending that owners muzzle their pet greyhound for eight weeks after registering their animal. This cautious approach will allow the greyhound to settle into its new environment and the owner to monitor and assess the dog’s behaviour.
These changes deliver on a recommendation by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel and follow extensive consultation with the industry and the community. Changes are being implemented in a way that balances the welfare of greyhounds and other animals, with community safety.
We are committed to supporting re-homing efforts, particularly of ex-racing greyhounds, and thank those of you who continue to assist the Government with our shared aim of promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Local Government’s Program Delivery team on 02 4428 4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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