Côte d’Ivoire Course Aims to Eradicate canine-mediated rabies

Animal Health

25 animal and human public health specialists from various African nations have gathered for a complete rabies course comprising of an 11-day programme in Côte d'Ivoire.

Strategic planning, PEP (post exposure prophylaxis), mass dog vaccination, and laboratory work were among the important topics discussed.

“25 animal and human public health specialists from various African nations have gathered for a complete rabies course comprising of an 11-day programme in Côte d'Ivoire“

Individuals presumed to have been in contact with the rabies virus are given PEP, which includes careful wound cleaning, passive immunisation, and several immunizations. Many nations in Africa have restricted access to PEP, which is considerably costly.

Participants were urged to talk about the current difficulties in giving rabies PEP and encouraged to suggest improvements for bitten victims' access to treatment.

The course asked dog owners to take canine companions to nearby immunisation clinics. In addition to receiving a certificate of vaccination, several of them had interviews to learn more about their understanding of rabies.

Participants assisted with the vaccination of local wild canines, with all immunised animals identified using ribbon collars.

The training stressed the necessity for intersectoral collaboration and interdisciplinary methods in order to enhance understanding and communication about rabies.

The goal of the course aims to enable nations to achieve the internationally agreed-upon target, which is to eradicate the cause of death for humans being canine-mediated rabies by 2030.

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