Mass Rabies Vaccination Campaign held at Samdrupjongkhar

Untitled-1Samdrupjonkhar: The incidences of the puppies’ death due to weakness and extreme cold stress were reported in Orong geog in December 2015. Later, a case of a Jersey cross calf bitten by own pet dog at Melung village in lower Orong was reported to the Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospital (DVH). The dog was observed clinically for its unusual behaviours however, it died after three days. A team from DVH visited the site with the rapid test kits (RTK) for sample collection. The test showed significant result indicating rabies virus infection. Later, the tested sample at the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH) reconfirmed the rabies.

Similar cases were reported again at Orong, Narphung and Samdrupjongkhar Thromdey areas where another two calves bitten tested positive. The Dzongkhag Livestock Sector reported to the concerned Departments for further investigation to reduce the risk of human transmission.

The Rapid Response Team (RPT) from NCAH arrived at the field and carried out detailed investigation and vaccinated more than 382 animals (211 dogs and 171 cats) against rabies. A total of 111 post exposure prophylaxis treatments for human were also done to minimise the risk of getting rabies. Awareness and advocacy on the information of rabies was also carried out simultaneously.

Based on the investigation report, the vaccination campaign for endemic areas against rabies was carried out for 10 days in collaboration with NCAH. More than 1700 nos. was vaccinated during the campaign which ended on 2 March 2016. Around 300 numbers of dogs was also vaccinated from bordering Assam areas of Darranga and Prkijuli and near Bhutan gate.

The main objective of the campaign was to reduce rabies risk factor in transmitting it from animal to human. It was also aimed to make the country rabies free in the long run. The campaign was successful and achieved as expected.

The sector gracefully conveys its sincere thanks to Department, NCAH and RLDC for their generous supports in terms of technical, manpower and fund during the campaign. The sector would also like to acknowledge the BIFA members for making the campaign a success through their coordination across the borders and the entire young and energetic dog catchers.

Reported by Thinley Rabten, Sr. Dzongkhag Livestock Officer

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