Maha Sarakham – Maha Sarakham province has recently declared rabies outbreaks in Wapi Pathum district, after detecting the virus in a dog and a buffalo calf.
Chatchawan Prasert of the Provincial Livestock Department revealed that on April 11, villagers in Hua Ruea subdistrict reported that a feral dog had bitten 14 dogs and five villagers. The dog was later diagnosed with rabies. The Wapi Pathum District Livestock Office therefore announced a rabies epidemic zone in Hua Ruea subdistrict. Officials have vaccinated the bitten villagers and quarantined the 14 dogs.
Another epidemic zone was announced in Nong Saeng subdistrict, where a two-year-old calf died of rabies on April 18. The calf is suspected to have contracted the virus from a dog bite. The Wapi Pathum District Livestock Office has responded by vaccinating 42 dogs and one cat.