Sunday, January 20, 2008

Poor puppies...

Due to the 3,380 people in China that died last year due to Rabies, the country is now mandating that all dog-owners get their dogs vaccinated, or else they will face "severe punishment." As of now, less than 10% of all dogs are vaccinated against this deadly rhabdovirus. The majority of the dogs that are vaccinated are those that tend to dwell in large cities...leaving the rural people less likely to abide by the vaccination recommendations and thus leaving the rural people most exposed to this deadly virus. Thus, the new vaccine guidelines, mandating vaccination of all dogs, should help address this problem of the existence of so many unvaccinated puppies in the rural regions. This mandatory vaccine regimen should drastically decrease the number of human rabies cases this next year.

Becca Briggs

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