Rabies vaccination for cattle strongly recommended

All Livestock farmers are being cautioned by the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Health and Belize Livestock Producers, to vaccinate their cattle against the ongoing Bovine Rabies outbreak.  The disease is currently being detected in the Cayo District and is expected to affect herds in the Belize River Valley. Suspected cases of the Bovine disease have already been detected in areas along the Macal River.  According to a press release from BAHA, the vaccination of livestock against rabies can help hinder the spread of the deadly disease. Farmers are being warned that the disease can also be transmitted to humans as rabies is a highly fatal disease that affects all mammals. The disease is almost always fatal, but can be prevented through vaccination of animals and post exposure treatment to humans. Signs that cattle has already been affected by the disease are nervous and aggressive behavior. Most animals will show excessive salivation as swallowing becomes nearly impossible. All civilians are caution to avoid all contact with animals showing these symptoms and are expected to immediately call BAHA Officers.vlcsnap-2016-06-01-10h20m33s174

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