City officials led by Governor Aswin Kwanmuang met with livestock officials of six neighbouring provinces to discuss rabies situation in each respective province and to map out measures to contain the disease, especially in Bangkok.
During the meeting in this morning, it was pointed out that the adjoining areas of the provinces of Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom and Bangkok should be given special attention because, in the past, rabies cases were reported to start at these areas.
Bangkok Governor Aswin told the meeting that since 2016, there had not been a single case of human death from rabies – thanks to the continuous efforts of health officials in vaccinating pet dogs and cats in various communities.
Only six dogs were found to be infected with rabies during January-February period, with two each in Bangkhen and Bangsue and one each in Don Mueang and Chatuchak districts. Lately, Bangkok has been declared a red zone for rabies watch.
The standard rabies-watch measure calls for the capturing of dogs suspected of being injected with rabies for observation in dog shelters.
City officials have complained that several owners of pet dogs and cats were not responsible enough and did not bring their animals for vaccination or allow the pets to roam on the streets or in public.
Regarding rabies prevention, the City Administrattion, this year, has procured up to 300,000 doses of anti-rabies vaccine which should be enough for about 30,000 dogs and cats.