Should we be afraid of a rabies epidemic in 2022? – AgroNews – Agricultural News

Since the beginning of the year, 25 cases of rabies have been registered among animals, including dogs and cats. Reports from various 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 Veterinarians’ Day, veterinarians pay attention to their needs.

Should we be afraid of a rabies epidemic in 2022?

Rabies is spread among wild animals, including domestic animals. According to the General Veterinary Inspectorate, In 2021, compared to 2020, there was an increase of 500% among domestic animals and 1080% among wild animals. 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 have joined the promotion of the vaccine

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, which proved the need for vaccination, 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 is a mass vaccination against rabies in wild and domestic animals, which significantly reduces the incidence of this deadly disease for humans and animals.For 30 years, the vaccination of wild animals has virtually eliminated rabies. The last death occurred more than 20 years ago – Mastalerek adds.

Cats should be vaccinated like dogs

In turn, drugs. veterinarian. Andrzej Lisowski, president of the Polish Association of Small Veterinarians, recalls that Sr.Rabies vaccination of dogs is mandatory throughout Poland, and cats must be vaccinated in selected provinces. however, it is generally recommended that dogs be vaccinated as well. 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 arriving in Poland with “animal companions” is the introduction of the obligation to vaccinate and label animals arriving. The campaign is free for refugees and is funded by the Veterinary Inspectorate.

Rabies is an incurable disease and is always fatal

“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 are not “immune” 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 leaves a foggy crater in mind. ”

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“Unvaccinated? I don’t believe it! Vaccinate the animal!”

Radoslav Knap, Secretary General of the POLPROWET Association, notes that the culmination of this year’s campaign April 30, World Veterinary Day, #JednednoZdrowie is an important element of preventive health as part of the strategy of the European AnimalhealthEurope, which promotes the idea. – 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 are professionally engaged in veterinary work not only in clinics, canteens, zoos, shelters, but also in inspectorates and departments, as well as 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.

AM / AgroNews editorial office

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