Chonburi declared ‘red zone’ for rabies

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Health officials blame unvaccinated pets and strays as the main vector for spread of rabies.
Health officials blame unvaccinated pets and strays as the main vector for spread of rabies.

Chonburi has been declared a “red zone” for rabies following a recent outbreak.

The Department of Livestock Development said March 7 that the province is one of 13 where the disease is running rampant. The others are Rayong, Chachoengsao, Buriram, Chiang Rai, Nan, Roi Et, Samut Prakan, Songkhla, Si Saket, Surin, Tak and Ubon Ratchathani.

Forty-two provinces have been declared “yellow zones” with just 20 free of the disease.

Three deaths have been recorded this year in Chonburi – in Ban Bung, Bo Thong and Muang districts.

Health officials blamed unvaccinated pets and strays as the main vector for spread of the disease.

Veterinarian Surapong Wongsutawat said Pattaya has no estimate on what percentage of stray animals are infected with rabies. However, he noted, there have been no reports of fatalities in the city.

He said animal disease control units are currently on the move and are visiting all communities and he urged people to take advantage of the free vaccinations. About 80 visits are done each year.

  • Ken Anderson

    ”Health officials blamed unvaccinated pets and strays as the main vector for spread of the disease”.

    Well you don’t say!!! I wonder how long it took them to work that out?

  • cdnski12

    Why am I not surprised? On my last visit to Jomtien the dogs on Soi 9 were totally out of control Buddhists don’t like to spay or neuter their animals. So each female dog has 3 litters per year. It’s really pathetic.

  • Chris

    So with thousands of stray soi dogs all across Thailand they are surprised by this? Seriously? Time for a serious cull I think but of course as usual they will do nothing until a few people have died and/or it starts to make them lose face and affect tourist numbers around the world.