Should we be afraid of a rabies epidemic in 2022?

Since the beginning of the year, 25 cases of rabies have been registered among animals, including dogs and cats. Reports from some provinces are so alarming that some have been ordered to vaccinate domestic cats. Dogs must be vaccinated, regardless of where they live. However, there is no shortage of skeptics about vaccinating animals. On April 30, World Veterinary Day, veterinarians focus on their needs.

Rabies is spread among wild animals, including domestic animals. According to the General Veterinary Inspectorate, in 2021, the incidence among domestic animals increased by 500 percent compared to 2020, and among wild animals by 1,080 percent. The situation is so serious that the European Commission, together with the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate, conducted a special audit at the junction of March-April this year, during which it monitored the current activities in Poland in the fight against disease and its prevention.

Industrial organizations such as the National Chamber of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Polish Association of Small Animal Veterinarians and the Polish Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Veterinary Medicines POLPROWET have joined in promoting animal vaccination. They organized a campaign to raise awareness of livestock in the context of vaccination. However, there is no shortage of those who are skeptical of universal vaccines for pets. Following the articles proving the need for vaccination and referring to reliable, scientific arguments, the comments of the animal’s anti-vaccination staff were followed. In them, we read:

– “Of course, why do they vaccinate, they will be healthier without vaccination”;

– “Vaccinate animals with poison. Enough people were getting poison for covid “

– “And wild animals don’t get vaccinated … and live …”

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These selected statements show that, despite the passage of years, there is still a need for information campaigns, as awareness of the problem, as you can see, is very limited in some cases. As explained by the drug. veterinarian. Marek Mastalerek, President of the National Chamber of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, said that mass vaccination against rabies, wild and domestic animals significantly reduces the incidence of this deadly disease for humans and animals. – For 30 years, the annual vaccination of wild animals has almost eliminated rabies. The last fatal human disease occurred 20 years ago, Mastalerek added.

In turn, drugs. veterinarian. Andrzej Lisowski, president of the Polish Association of Small Animal Veterinarians, said that rabies vaccination is mandatory throughout Poland, and cats should be vaccinated in selected provinces, but it is generally recommended that dogs be vaccinated. In rabies, this is the only way to save the lives of both animals and humans. It is incurable and always fatal. At a time when about 3 million refugees from war-torn Ukraine and Poland, as well as tens of thousands of undocumented dogs, cats and ferrets, are moving to Poland, the problem of the need to vaccinate their companions is becoming more urgent. One of the elements of assistance to Ukrainian citizens who come to Poland with “animal companions” is the introduction of the obligation to vaccinate and label animals. The campaign is free for refugees and is funded by the Veterinary Inspectorate.

“Despite the great development of knowledge about many infectious diseases in humans and animals, veterinarians are witnessing the development of the most dangerous pandemic caused by the virus in the 21st century.”dilettantism “kills more people and animals than any other infectious agent. The virus infects people who do not have “immunity” due to a lack of basic biological knowledge at the primary school level. This “virus” spreads through public access to social media, where it multiplies and then infects hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of “sensitive organisms.” The only “vaccine” to prevent the spread of this virus is to spread reliable knowledge to the general public. A campaign involving the Polish Association of Small Veterinarians serves this purpose. We hope that most pet owners will be convinced that it is worth vaccinating our pets, because only in this way can we save their lives and ourselves. – Dr. Lisovsky concludes.

There are also positive comments about the importance of vaccinating pets as part of the campaign:

“I have been vaccinating my dog ​​regularly since the first month he stayed with us. It’s been three years. Mixed vaccinations and deworming. And I think I saved the dog’s life, myself and others. I met a hedgehog in the garden. Sweet, huh? He died the second day. He was not afraid, did not shrink, and snored angrily. I didn’t know he could be sick, except for his unusual behavior, which seemed quite normal. My curious dog must have examined his body carefully. Just note that those who prepare eggs from the vaccine. Rabies is not a myth. And it is incurable. Rabies kills animals. It is enough to see the course of the disease in the movies. This scene creates a smoking crater in mind.

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Radoslaw Knap, Secretary General of the POLPROWET Association, said that this year’s campaign, the culmination of which is World Veterinary Day on April 30, is an important element in health prevention as part of the European AnimalhealthEurope’s strategy. To promote the idea of ​​#JednednoZdrowie. – We organized a joint campaign called “Unvaccinated? I do not believe! Vaccinate the animal!” aimed at highlighting the role of animal vaccination as a socially important topic. As can be seen from the reactions of social network users, this is needed and will continue in the coming years. – Radoslav Knap explains.

The daily work of veterinarians ensures the safety and health not only of our pets, but also of ourselves. – On World Veterinary Day, it should be noted that people who practice veterinary medicine work not only in clinics, canteens, zoos, shelters, but also in inspectorates and departments, as well as in universities, laboratories and many pharmaceutical companies. Regardless of the workplace, they share a desire to ensure the well-being and health of animals, which is a direct guarantee of human health. – Radosław summarizes Knap.

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