Rabies vaccination for dogs and cats starts this Saturday in DF | Federal District

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On Monday (5), the rural area of ​​DF receives the campaign. Vaccination in these places runs until October 23.

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“The animals must be led by people of an appropriate age and size for handling and safety”, says the Zoonoses Environmental Surveillance.

Veterinarians also recommend that cats be brought to the stations in boxes of appropriate shipping boxes. Owners must wear a protective mask against the coronavirus and respect the distance in the queue.

DF has more than 345 thousand dogs and cats

Cat is vaccinated against rabies in the Federal District, in archive image – Photo: Breno Esaki / Agência Saúde

Zoonoses estimates that, across the DF, the population of pets is 345,033 animals, of which 308,419 are dogs and 36,613, cats. The expectation is to vaccinate at least 80% of them.

According to the manager of Environmental Surveillance of Zoonoses, Rodrigo Menna, the disease has been “relatively controlled” in the DF, since the 2000s. “The only case of human rabies was registered in 1978. Even so, the rabies virus circulates in the DF in bats, cattle, equidae and other animals, so prevention is important, ”he says.

Anti-rabies Vaccination Campaign starts this Saturday in DF – Photo: Reproduction / Health Department DF

The rabies vaccine protects the animal for one year, being reinforcement needed every 12 months. From the age of three months, healthy dogs and cats should be vaccinated, including pregnant or breastfeeding females.

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The rabies can be transmitted from the animal to the man through the bite or through the contact of the wound with the saliva of the infected animal.

“The vaccine allows the dog and the cat to create antibodies to defend against the disease”, says the zoonoses.

According to the veterinarians, if the disease is suspected, it is important to leave the animal under observation for ten days, in a safe place, so that it does not run away or attack people or other animals. “If it is not possible to observe him at home, he should be sent to the kennel of the Environmental Surveillance of the Department of Health”, points out the Environmental Surveillance of Zoonoses.

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