By: Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) on Saturday
confirmed Taiwan’s second rabies case this year after a farmer in the central part of the country was bitten by a ferret-badger.
Shih Tai-hua (施泰華), deputy director-general of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, said the farmer from Puli in Nantou County was bitten when he found a ferret-badger in his chicken coop on Jan. 29.
The ferret-badger was sent to the COA’s Animal Health Research Institute and was put to sleep after it was tested rabies positive.
The 70-year-old farmer was inoculated with a rabies vaccine and is said to be in good health. [FULL STORY]