Fears indonesian rabies epidemic could spread to Australia
The head of the National Council for the Disease Control and Prevention says he is worried about new rabies cases occurring in the nation’s south, with a suspected spike in cases in western Australia, if local outbreaks occur.
Fears of new infection in the state of Sumatra that started earlier this month are spreading across the region where some 4,800 cases of rabies have been reported since 2001.
A new national rabies vaccination programme is currently under review, but Mr Pijaya says he cannot discount the possibility of other cases beginning to occur.
“I hope some other cases happen but I would not be surprised if this particular case happens,” he said.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the national rabies vaccine program had successfully treated more than 700 cases of rabies in the state since it was introduced in the mid-1980s.
“The recent cases we’ve identified are likely not isolated to this particular province,” she said.
Ms Plibersek said some of the suspected cases had been confirmed through autopsy because the bodies were not showing evidence of infection and other tests were negative for the disease.
But Ms Plibersek said there was no evidence rabies had spread within the region.
On Tuesday, a group of residents of a remote village near Cairns were evacuated from their homes because of an outbreak of the potentially fatal virus.
Mr Pijaya said the group was still being assessed, and his office had instructed local residents to be prepared for an increase in human cases of the disease.
But he cautioned the situation was complex.
A vaccine for rabies is currently being developed, which is being considered as an option to treat rabies i우리카지노n other regions if other cases start happening.
This is the first time the rabies vaccine has been recommended for use in the world by the World Health Organization, but in 2012, experts in the field recommended it only as a last resort.
It has never been used in humans.