The college of veterinarians from Buenos Aires province sent a memo to María Eugenia Vidal on Monday, in view of concerns about the lack of a rabies vaccine. It was signed by President Oswaldo Rinaldi and Secretary Hector Fernandez of the 14 areas that are part of the organization.
Veterinarians have also made a statement to society as a whole, insisting on extraordinary resources and efforts to alert the health of rabies because the healthcare system has no vaccines to treat people at risk of a potential rabbit accident. "Today more than ever we must act with responsibility and maximize resources and efforts," the group said
In a conversation with this newspaper, Hector Fernandez said the issue was dormant, not just at the level of a city, province, or country, but that the concern would be 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 health concerns and exposes the population to the lack of vaccines.
Beware of the dog
As reported by the school, rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease that affects more than 150 countries and territories. For the most part, according to the World Health Organization, rabies deaths in humans have the main source of infection for the dog.
In this regard, they stressed that the main way to prevent this disease is by vaccinating dogs and cats and avoiding bites. Veterinarians play a primary role at this time and should make every effort to ensure that the greatest number of suspected animals is controlled under the protocols. "The ideal will be clinical control, and in the event of death of the animal, after his death, a diagnosis," experts from Buenos Aires said.
On the other hand, they have stated the need to enhance the vaccination of cats and dogs while at the same time setting out in a fair measure the risk that people can suffer. Thus, the authorities of the College of Veterinary Surgeons stated that "in the current circumstances of controlling urban rabies, the greatest danger is the reduction of perceived community risk, including veterinarians and authorities," leading to a reduction in the first two sanitary measures .
The current epidemic situation, which warns of a significant increase in the detection of cases of bats infected with rabies virus, as they are natural reservoirs, increases this health concern and exposes the population to the lack of vaccines.
It should be noted that, as stated, the decision to vaccinate or not to a person is the authority of human medicine, but the evidence to be taken is provided by the veterinary profession. "So we are partners in preserving people's lives, especially in the current circumstances," experts said. "Human health and animal health are interdependent, the College of Veterinarians is committed to and working for health," they conclude.