Authorities push for rabies-free zones in 2020

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BANGKOK, 21 April 2016 – The Ministry of Public Health is accelerating its efforts to create immunity from rabies according to the goal set with the World Heath Organization for 2020. 

MOPH Permanent Secretary Sopon Mekthon revealed that 80 percent of rabies mortalities came from being bitten or scratched by their own dogs or friend’s dogs that were not vaccinated.

The Disease Control Department has therefore collaborated with the Livestock Department, Department of Local Administration and related agencies to encourage local administrations to prevent rabies infections in their communities in order to create rabies-free zones, according to the World Heath Organization initiative for the year 2020.

Pet owners are advised to vaccinate their pets and report any sign of rabies to the authorities.