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MMWR: Notes from the Field: Wildlife Rabies on an Island Free from Canine Rabies for 52 Years — Taiw

Thursday, February 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
Dog-to-dog transmission of rabies in Taiwan was eliminated in 1961; the island was considered canine rabies–free for 52 years. On July 16, 2013, three ferret-badgers (Melogale moschata) (Figure) tested positive for rabies by fluorescent antibody testing at the Animal Health Research Institute, Council of Agriculture of Taiwan. This was the first time wild animals other than bats were tested. During 1999–2012, a total of 6,841 clinically healthy dogs and five apparently normal cats from shelters were tested and found negative for rabies. During 2009–2012, a total of 322 bats were tested and found negative for rabies.


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