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Almost half of the imported dogs from Russia do not meet criteria of the EU pet travel scheme

During 2018, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has investigated the levels of rabies antibodies in
dogs imported from Russia with alarming results. Of 36 street dogs examined, 15 (42%) did not have
antibodies against rabies indicating inadequate vaccination against rabies.

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Chinese human rabies vaccine scandal

China’s government has sentenced Changsheng Life Sciences, the country’s largest vaccine producer by
revenue, to pay a fine of $1.3B on eight violations of drug regulations following accusations by the State
Drug Administration that the company had forged production and inspection records for 110,000
freeze-dried rabies vaccines designated for human use.

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Further rabies case on Svalbard Island

After two rabies cases in a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and an Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) had been
laboratory confirmed in April and July this year, respectively, three further cases of arctic fox rabies has
been detected last months. Usually, the rabies viruses circulating in this part of Europe are closely related
to arctic variants occurring in Arctic regions of Russia.

OIE is revising Rabies Standards

During the past one and a half year ad hoc groups of rabies experts have been working on synchronizing
rabies standards with those of WHO. Already in May 2018 the revised Rabies Chapter of the Terrestrial
Manual which sets standards for veterinary diagnostic laboratories and vaccine manufacturers had been
adopted by the OIE General Assembly. Currently the Rabies Chapter of the Terrestrial Code setting out
standards for the improvement of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide,

Ethiopia deploys hidden rabies vaccine in bid to protect endangered wolf

There are less than 500 of the highly endangered red wolves in the high mountains of Ethiopia and they
are very vulnerable to infectious diseases from domestic dogs, in particular rabies.
That is why the Ethiopian government intends to use oral vaccination using goat meat baits to pre-empt
outbreaks of rabies among Ethiopian wolves.

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United Against Rabies

United Against Rabies launches global plan to achieve zero rabies human deaths

A strategic plan that provides a phased, all-inclusive, intersectoral approach to eliminate human deaths
from rabies has just been launched by United Against Rabies - a collaboration of four partners: the World
Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World
Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).


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