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Feb 1, 2017

BAHA Watches for Bovine Rabies in North, West

There is an outbreak of Bovine rabies in three districts. BAHA announced today that the disease has been detected in the Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo Districts. As such livestock farmers are advised to vaccinate their livestock as well as sheep, cattle, sheep and horses. BAHA advises that the rabies can be transmitted to humans and are asked to report suspect cases to the agency. The disease is fatal and can be prevented through vaccination of animals and post exposure treatment to humans. Affected animals will show nervous signs and aggressive behavior. Most animals will show excessive salivation as swallowing becomes impossible.  BAHA also recommends that contact with animals showing these symptoms should be avoided and the agency should be contacted immediately.

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