Khon Kaen rabies outbreak under control

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Khon Kaen – Authorities have reported they have successfully suppressed an outbreak of rabies stemming from a stray dog that claimed the lives of four cows.

Livestock Department authorities and other relevant agencies inspected cow pens and grazing areas while also vaccinating animals against rabies, in Baan Wang Pue in Puay Noi district of Khon Kaen, after reports of the deaths of four cows due to the virus. More than 10 residents of the village were also vaccinated after they came into contact with the affected animals. Another two cows were also bitten by the stray dog, suspected to be the source of the infection, but have yet to show any symptoms of rabies.

Khon Kaen Governor, Somsak Jungtrakul, assured the overall situation is under control with more than 100,000 dogs and cats, or 85 percent of all at-risk animals in the province vaccinated. Vaccinations are expected to be completed by the end of this month.