Rabies confirmed in pet and stray dogs in Divar, vaccination drive underway | Goa News

Panaji: Two dogs in Diwar of Tiswadi have been confirmed to have rabies. First a pet dog and later a stray dog ​​in the area were found to be infected with rabies, raising concerns of the spread of the disease.

To control the situation, the concerned authorities including Mission Rabies are implementing several measures to ensure public safety and the health of other animals in the vicinity.

Mission Rabies Education Director Murugan Appupillai said rabies has been detected in some animals in Goa's border areas. “These cases have spread from Bicholim to Divar Island,” he said.

“We are handling the situation, we have to find out how it (rabies virus) reached the island. Maybe someone brought dogs here,” Appupillai said.

The mission is carrying out a ring-vaccination drive covering all dogs, he said, adding that awareness programmes are also being organised for the islanders.

“Children from four schools in Wall and its communities are being educated. People have been made aware of the positive cases and we have urged them to take the necessary care,” Appupillai said. “I think these measures will take care of the situation.”

A senior health official of the Directorate of Health Services said the case of rabies in a pet dog came to light when the owner brought the dog to the government veterinary hospital at Tonca in Panaji.

“Health workers from the Primary Health Centre in Korlim visited the dog owner's family and administered rabies vaccination to four of its members,” he said.

The official said there was no cause for concern over dog bite cases in the area. “We have a sub-health centre in Diwar which functions under the Corlim Primary Health Centre,” he said. “We have instructed it to take precautionary measures and provide assistance to other officials if needed.”

In September 2023, Goa recorded its first human rabies death in five years, when a 20-year-old man from Sattari lost his life.

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