Mission on to make Mysuru rabies-free

Mission on to make Mysuru rabies-free

February 12, 2023

Pulse polio-like free vaccination drive from March; Animal Husbandry Department begins preparations

Mysore/Mysuru: The Animal Husbandry Department has launched a mission to make Mysuru rabies-free after getting many complaints of dog attacks and rabies. It will launch a pulse polio eradication-like free vaccination drive in March, covering the entire district and the city limits.

Over one lakh doses of vaccination are required in Mysuru and as part of the programme, even street dogs, dogs owned as pets and those animals that have been bitten by dogs will be vaccinated, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department Dr. B.N. Shadaksharamurthy told Star of Mysore.

Last year, Department carried out a vaccination campaign and 12,500 doses were administered. “At this point in time, we have over 3,000 doses and as part of the free vaccination drive, over one lakh doses are required. We have begun preparations for the campaign and are in talks with Lions Club, Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations and educational institutions for the success of drive,” he added.

Dr. Shadakshara Murthy said that the free rabies vaccine doses will be made available at all government veterinary hospitals and all those private clinics that are interested in the programme. “We will begin the programme with periodic vaccination camps like on second and fourth Saturdays and other designated days. We will also involve Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) dog care agencies, animal rescuers and NGOs,” he added.

Dog bites, as opposed to bites from monkeys or bats, cause almost all cases of rabies in India. Many are unaware that it is vital to treat a dog bite immediately. Even if they are aware of this, they often get one or two rabies shots and fail to return for the remainder.

If a rabies-affected dog bites other animals and humans, the rabies virus enters the body and causes rabies. Zollinim rabies virus from an infected animal can spread to other animals. Eliminating rabies requires vaccinating and sterilising the stray dog population, Dr. Shadakshara Murthy noted.

There are three pillars to any awareness drive — surveillance, vaccination, and awareness. The vaccination programme will be implemented across the district in collaboration with each gram panchayat, taluk panchayat, municipality and municipal council. “It is important to catch the street dogs and give them all the required vaccines so that people need not have to worry about street dogs,” he added.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mission on to make Mysuru rabies-free”

  1. Shashi Kumar says:

    Why is the government not addressing the root of the problem? That is the STRAY DOGS MENACE! Polio has been almost eradicated. Can’t the same be done for Rabies and other diseases like Malaria and Dengue? Stray dogs population is increasing at alarming level in Mysore. What message is the government trying to give? “Are they saying we can’t control dog’s population. So if you get bitten, then don’t worry. We have Rabies shot. Just get one for yourself!”
    Even if dogs are sterilsed does that guarantee that dogs won’t bite?

  2. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Those IT techie coolies who boast bout India and its technology, which included one idiot who said people all over the world come to learn real-time payment systems in India, given that in India most payments are in cash, and in the rest of the developed world, the credit cards are the way of making payments which that fool failed to realise. Show that fool, including PM Modi who boasts about Tech India, start ups and the kind of bullshit he dishes out to foreign leaders, the above photograph of stray dogs taking over the previous Royal city Mysore, now developing into a tech hub, when he comes to inauguarate the Mysore-Bangalore Tipu Sultan Highway, and start boasting too , then.
    Polio has not gone way in India. just not reported,
    Tell also MP Simha , how wonderful Mysore city looks now with these stary dogs controlling the streets, where people also urinate and defecate.
    Tech India of Modi! Jai Hind!
    Surely idiots lie @Sanjay Kini has a high tech solution too!! Another deluded fool.
    Next what? Leopards congregating at the street corners? They are chased out of the forest, as Indians breed like rats, and need housing.


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