The College of Veterinary Medicine of the province of Buenos Aires on Monday sent a letter to the governor Maria Eugenia Vidal, in light of concern created by lack of vaccination against rabies. It was signed by President Oswaldo Rinaldi and Secretary Hector Fernandez in the name of the 14 provinces that are part of the entity.
The veterinarians also issued a statement to the company in general, demanding radical resources and efforts to warn about rabies health because the health system lacks vaccines to treat people at risk for rabies. "Today more than ever we must act responsibly and increase resources and efforts," the group said
In a conversation with this paper, Hector Fernandez said that the issue is hidden, not only in the city, county or state level, but concern will be given around the world.
According to the statement, the current epidemiological situation, with the increase in the detection of bats infected with rabies virus and their natural reservoirs, increases the health alert and exposes the population to a shortage of vaccines.
Beware of the dog
As noted from the school, rabies is a disease-driven vaccination that affects more than 150 countries and territories. In large majority, according to the World Health Organization, death from rabies in humans has the main source of the dog's infection.
In this context, they stressed that the main way to prevent the disease is to vaccinate dogs and cats and avoid stings. At this point, veterinary professionals have an initial role and should make every effort to ensure that the greatest number of suspicious animals are controlled according to protocols. "The ideal will be clinical control and in the event of death of the animal, post-mortem diagnosis," said the experts of Buenos Aires.
On the other hand, they argued for the need to strengthen cats and dogs, while at the same time exposing the risk that people may suffer. Thus, the authorities of the College of Veterinarians said that "under the current circumstances of control of urban rabies, the greatest danger is represented by a reduction in the perception of risk of community, including veterinarians authorities," which involves the first reduction of two sanitary measures.
The current epidemiological situation, which warns of a significant increase in the detection of rabies-infected bats as natural reservoirs, increases the health alert and exposes the population to a lack of vaccines.
It should be noted that, as stated, the decision to vaccinate or not a person is the power of human medicine, but the evidence on which the decision is made is given by the veterinary profession. "So, we are partners in preserving people's lives, especially in the current circumstances," the professionals said. "Human health and animal health are interdependent, the College of Veterinarians is committed and working for health," the researchers concluded.