Want China Times
Animal disease control officials in eastern Taiwan’s Taitung county have expressed
concern that rabies may have spread after the township of Taimali reported its first rabies case.
After an outbreak of rabies in the county in 2013 — the first resurfacing of the disease in Taiwan since 1961 — only townships in the mountains or on the coast first reported cases, chiefly in ferret-badgers, after which the disease spread to Taitung city and surrounding valleys.
Wu Tze-he, director of Taitung’s Animal Disease Control Center, said that apart from Taitung county’s offshore islands, all townships that have sent samples for examination have confirmed rabies cases.
So far, only two townships — Tawu and Chinfeng — have not sent specimens, but Wu suspected that the disease could have made its way to them as well. [FULL STORY]