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FMS launches dog and cat vaccination campaign in South and Southeastern Teresina



The Teresina Municipal Health Foundation (FMS) conducts the second urban rabies and cat vaccination phase throughout the day (05). This time the vaccination is happening in the south and southeast. Teresa surpassed the goal of the first phase of the campaign, which took place last Saturday (28). A total of 61,128 dogs and cats were immunized, corresponding to 93.70% of the approximately 65,288 animals in the area. The purpose of this second stage is to vaccinate 50,000 animals.

The objective set by the Ministry of Health is that 80% of the total number of animals be immunized. For logistical reasons, the campaign was divided into two stages in the urban area. "We urge all people responsible for dogs and cats from the South and Southeast to go to a vaccination center near their home to vaccinate them. From the age of three months, animals can receive the vaccine, "says Oriana Bezerra, FMS zoonotic manager.

She also recalls that the vaccine is the only form of prevention against the disease. It is safe and free, consisting of an attenuated virus, 2% nerve tissue and preservatives phenol and thimerosol. "Explaining that the vaccine is important because it protects in addition to the animal and the people who live with them," the manager warns.

rabies is zoonosis, that is, it is transmitted from the animal to man. It has a high mortality rate, reaching almost 100%. Man is a casual host in the infectious chain, as are domestic animals (dog and cat) to some extent, and the large natural reservoir is represented by wild animals.

This virus is transmitted through bites and scratches. mammals already infected. In most cases, the transmission is via dogs and cats, as they are companion animals that have more contact with humans. However, in addition to the dog and cat, they can transmit other infected animals such as ferrets, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks and bats.

The last case of rabies in a human being in Teresina was in 1986. The last case of canine rabies was in 2011 in a dog from the interior of the state whose owner is resident of Teresina.


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