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Rabies Detected in French Dog

01 June 2015

FRANCE - A case of canine rabies has been reported in Chambon-Feugerolles, close to Saint-Etienne in the Loire Valley.

The seven month old bull terrier died on the May 17-18 while under quarantine at a veterinary practice, after biting a family member and the dog of a neighbour.

Tests at the Pasteur Institute confirmed rabies infection after positive tests by direct immunofluorescence, ELISA and virus isolation.

The dog had originally been acquired from Hungary in late December 2014, and entered France illegally without vaccination.

However, as a result of virus typing, it is believed that the dog became infected with rabies during a visit to Algeria (21 April – 7 May 2015).

As a result local restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated and unidentified dogs, cats and ferrets have been imposed until 27 October 2015.

Any vaccinated animals which have been in contact with the dog will be monitored for six months, while unvaccinated animals will be euthanased.

The occurrence of rabies in a single imported animal does not affect rabies status of the Country or affect normal movements under the Pet Travel Scheme.

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