Monday, September 21, 2009

More rabies information.

Related to my last post is this paper on a current rabies epidemic in China, the result of low levels of rabies vaccination in dogs, and transport of infected dogs as food animals from one aea to another. Over the last 15 years the number of human rabies cases in China has risen from about 150 in 1996 to over 6000 in 2005. This is a dramatic demonstration of how effective vaccination, animal control and other public health efforts can be, and how severe the consequences are when such measures are neglected.

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