East Pattaya on rabies alert after dog dies

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East Pattaya was put on alert for rabies after a dead dog tested positive for the disease.

The Chonburi Livestock Department administered rabies vaccinations to 30 people who had come into contact with the golden retriever and warned all residents within five kilometers to keep watch for other animals infected with the potentially deadly disease.

Additionally, Chonburi Livestock and Pattaya Public Health Department staffers rounded up stray dogs within the same radius for rabies shots.

Dr. Padej Siridamrong, a veterinarian with Nern­plubwan Pet Hospital said the dog’s owner called May 23 to report that his golden retriever had died at his Sukhumvit Soi 21 home and that rabies was suspected to be the cause.

The dog’s carcass later tested positive for rabies at the Veterinary Research and Development Center in Ban Bung District.

Chonburi in March was declared one of 13 provinces where rabies is running rampant. The others are Rayong, Chachoengsao, Buri Ram, Chiang Rai, Nan, Roi Et, Samut Prakan, Si Saket, Songkhla, Si Saket, Tak and Ubon Ratchathani.