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Monday, January 30, 2023

Baja California continues to be free of rabies in humans and pets: Ministry of Health

Health secretary recommends continuing preventive care and being responsible towards pets

MEXICALI.- Thanks to ongoing efforts to vaccinate dogs against rabies, Baja California is the only state in the country that has gone 56 years without the appearance of human rabies and 40 years without cases of rabies in dogs and cats .

The health secretary of the unit, J. Adrian Medina Amarillas endorsed this message for people’s peace of mind, including the recommendation to take care of pets, follow up on vaccinations, and take them for periodic vet consultations.

He stressed that sustainable preventive actions have established Mexico, and especially Baja California, as leaders in the Americas and other continents, where rabies in dogs remains a serious public health problem.

He noted that canine anti-rabies vaccination is a free preventive measure of priority nature for the institution, therefore, during 2022, 242,596 doses of biological have been applied throughout the state, of which 57,005 vaccines in Mexicali, 138,299 in have been installed. Tijuana, 30,371 in Ensenada and 16,921 in Vicente Guerrero.

The state official indicated that in order to continue without the presence of rabies in the institution, it is necessary to continue vaccinating pets, staying away from animals such as: bats, raccoons, coyotes and other wild carnivores), in the same way if with When working with domestic animals such as cattle, personal protective equipment must be used.

He explained that if he is suffering from any aggression or contact with an animal suspected of having the disease, the patient should be tranquilized, the wound or site of exposure to the rabies virus should be washed for 15 minutes, followed by medical evaluation. Should go to the nearest health unit. and conclude the treatment provided.

Finally, Medina Amarillas highlights that anti-rabies biologicals are available at health units in Baja California.




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