Taiwan confirms first rabies in dog, first outbreak in decades
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese health authorities on Tuesday renewed a call for owners to inoculate their pets after confirming a case of rabies in a dog, as the island struggles with its first outbreak of the disease in decades.
The 45-day old puppy developed symptoms of rabies on Friday after it was attacked by a ferret-badger in Haituan, a remote township in the south-eastern Taitung county.
A total of 124 ferret-badgers and a shrew were found to have carried the disease since May last year, the first outbreak since 1959.
Taiwan is now listed as a rabies-affected area by the Paris-headquartered World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).