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They lost a bat "suspected of rabies"

February 13, 2019 – 02:22
An internal administrative summary was found in the municipality.

In the municipality of Salta there is an administrative inquiry against two animal welfare officials, about the loss of a bat, a "rabies suspect" at the end of last year.

Last Friday, Resolution 17 was published in the State Gazette, reporting a note submitted by Deputy Minister of Animal Welfare David Ferry. It states that the official "describes the events occurring in the facilities of the Chief Directorate of Zoonoses in connection with the loss of a bat suspected of rabies."

The incident happened on December 15 last year. "This is not a serious situation, the bat is dead and he is admitted for a weekend, he was at work, was admitted by an administrative officer and an operator and the latter kept him in a freezer," Ferry said in this newspaper.

The official said that on Monday when they went to look for the dead animal to send him to Buenos Aires for testing, he was no longer in the freezer. For this reason, the two workers must discharge themselves and then the aggregate area must foresee possible sanctions.

The bat was opened by employees of the Deputy Minister of Prevention and Emergency Situations in the Monument Area on February 20th.


Ferry said last year, 31 bats were sent to Pasteur Hospital in Buenos Aires to study. Found in different parts of the city.

Just in 2018, when several of these specimens were found in the northern part of the city: Parque Belgrano and El Huaico.

"The bats that appear during the day and who are dead are always taken to study them, we always control them, but most of all they are cases of viral rabies, and it's not what they give to dogs, says Ferry. He also said that so far this year three owls were sent to Buenos Aires to be tested.

In order to avoid rabies problems, the municipality annually conducts a large-scale vaccination campaign, in fixed locations and in neighborhoods with a mobile phone. According to the records they received from animal welfare, 42% of the city's total number of dogs and cats last year would be immunized. "For our numbers, we have to add the dogs and cats that have been vaccinated in the private part and we do not take them into account," says veterinarian Ferry.

This year is also expected to progress with more rabies vaccination. Since last year animal welfare has become a deputy secretariat, so there is more money.

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