Rabies - Bulletin - Europe

Rabies Information System of the WHO

Resurgence of fox rabies in a formerly freed area in Poland

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

During the recent most meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF Committee) of the European Commission members were informed by the Polish representatives about the detection of two rabies cases in an area that had been rabies free for more than 16 years. The three rabies cases were found during the past 4 weeks in the voivodeship of Mazowieckie close to the capital of Warsaw and approximately 30 to 40 km west of the 100 km deep common vaccination belt established in member states sharing common borders with non-EU countries to the East to avoid reinfection. The shortest distance to the Belarussian and Ukrainian border is 120 and 160 km, respectively.

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