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  • Israel: Animal rabies incidents quadruple, raising fears of outbreak among humans

    Source: https://www.timesofisrael.com/animal...-among-humans/

    Animal rabies incidents quadruple, raising fears of outbreak among humans
    Knesset committee warns Agriculture Ministry it could face inquiry for failing to deal with issue in northern Israel
    By Sue Surkes and Stuart Winer 26 December 2017, 6:09 pm



    The incidence of rabies in Israel has quadrupled this month, compared to December last year, breaking records and sparking fears the outbreak could spread to humans.

    Avi Tsarfati, head of the Veterinarians Association, said 16 cases of rabies were discovered during December alone, compared to four in December 2016, the Hebrew-language Ynet news website reported Tuesday...

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    Rabies,
    Israel
    Information received on 09/01/2018 from Dr Shlomo Garazi, Chief Officer for Import and Export of the Veterinary Services, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, BET DAGAN, Israel
    Summary
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 08/10/2017
    Date of confirmation of the event 09/10/2017
    Report date 09/01/2018
    Date submitted to OIE 09/01/2018
    Reason for notification Unexpected change in the distribution or increase in morbidity or mortality of a listed disease
    Summary description In the north of the country, a large outbreak of rabies is occuring. The major number of cases were in golden jackals.
    Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
    Causal agent Rabies virus
    Serotype RABV
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    Epidemiology
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • introduction of unvaccinated jackals from adjacent countries.
    Epidemiological comments From October 2017, 44 jackals, 2 cats, 5 dogs, 11 cattle and one sheep were found positive to the disease in the Amakim region and near Wadi Ara.
    Increased Distribution
    Disease Impact
    Increased Province Species Change
    Incidence HAZAFON Sheep 0=>1
    Incidence HAZAFON Cats 0=>1
    Incidence HAZAFON Cattle 1=>3
    Incidence HAZAFON Dogs 0=>2
    Incidence HAZAFON Golden Jackal:Canidae(Canis aureus) 1=>4
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Movement control inside the country
    • Vaccination in response to the outbreak (s)
    • Quarantine
    • Control of wildlife reservoirs
    • Selective killing and disposal
    • Zoning
    • Ante and post-mortem inspections
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • No other measures
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    Kimron Veterinary Institute, Rabies Laboratory (OIE Reference Laboratory) Golden Jackal direct fluorescent antibody (FAT) test 09/01/2018 Positive
    Kimron Veterinary Institute, Rabies Laboratory (OIE Reference Laboratory) Golden Jackal real-time PCR 09/01/2018 Positive
    Kimron Veterinary Institute, Rabies Laboratory (OIE Reference Laboratory) Golden Jackal virus isolation 09/01/2018 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
    ...
    http://www.oie.int/wahis_2/public/wa...reportid=25650
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