Rabies situation this year is worse than that of last year, but the situation is under control, Livestock Department deputy director-general Chirasak Pipatthanapongsophon assured on Sunday.
He disclosed that, since the beginning of this year, there have been five fatalities from rabies, but the situation is under control because the Livestock Department has launched a campaign to educate the people the disease, prompting many of them who own cats and dogs to bring their pet animals for vaccination against rabies.
As a result of massive campaign, he claimed that rabies cases in animals and humans had steadily dropped, citing the case of Roi-et province which he said could be declared rabies-free zone within two years.
Mr Chirasak said the department wanted to make Thailand free of rabies in the next two years, but he noted that this could be achieved only with full cooperation from members of the public to have their pet animals vaccinated against rabies.
Pointing out that the Livestock Department has limited budget and can afford to buy anti-rabies vaccine enough for just one million cats and dogs while there are about ten million for both.
He suggested owners of dogs and cats not to wait for free vaccine from the department, but to get their animals vaccinated at private clinics.