The rabies vaccination campaign for dogs and cats continues this Saturday (3), in the Federal District. According to the Department of Health, 43 immunization points are open from 9 am to 4 pm.
- See here all rabies immunization points in DF
The vaccine is free, and the guidance to tutors is to take the dogs with a collar, leash and muzzle. For cats, the recommendation is that they be taken in specific boxes for transport.
Vaccine server applies rabies vaccine to cat, in DF — Photo: Matheus Oliveira/ DF Health Department
According to veterinarians, “rabies is an acute viral infectious disease that affects mammals and can be transmitted to humans (anthropozoonosis) by biting, licking and scratching animals infected with the rabies virus”.
The disorder is characterized by neurological symptoms and, according to the Health Department, is an almost always fatal disease. “Practically 100% of cases end in death of the patient”, warns the folder.
“The best preventive measure is to vaccinate animals”, says the Secretary of Health.
On July 30, a teenager, aged between 15 and 18, died in a private hospital in the Federal District as a result of rabies. He was hospitalized for 40 days..
The student was infected on May 21 after being scratched by a cat. This was the first case of human rabies in Brasília, after 44 years. Another case had been registered in 1978. The patient was a child, who also died.
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