Lagos to vaccinate 1.5 million dogs

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The Lagos State Government has disclosed that no fewer than 1.5 million dogs will be vaccinated within the next two weeks, during the free anti-rabies vaccination campaign embarked upon to prevent deaths of animals in the State.

Alabi, who was represented by Dr. Mairo Kachalla, revealed that the disease can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or man, with 99% fatality if efficient post-exposure prophylaxis treatment is not instituted early.

Dr. Kachalla said that the World Organisation for Animal Health(OIE) recommends that at least 70% of dogs should be vaccinated annually for three consecutive years in order to break the transmission cycle of rabies and, consequently, eliminate the disease.

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