Mazovia is struggling with cases of rabies. So far, 40 cases of infection have been confirmed in: foxes, raccoon dogs, cats and bats. – At the moment, the area at risk of rabies covers the poviats of Otwock, Minsk, Garwolin, Kozienice, Radom, Zwoleń, the city of Radom and the capital city of Warsaw – said Paweł Jakubczak, Mazowiecki Provincial Veterinary Doctor.
As for Warsaw, the area at risk of this serious disease includes: in the Wawer district – a part limited to the north by the Masovian Landscape Park, from the west by Kwiatnąca Akacji Street, from the south by Izbicka Street, Zagórzańska Street and Złota Jesieni Street; in the Wesoła district – part south of Trakt Brzeski Street and part from the north by a railway line, from the west along I Praskiego Pułku Street and from the south along Trakt Brzeski Street.
In the Minsk poviat, the threat concerns nine communes: Dębe Wielkie, Halinów, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Siennica, Stanisławów, Latowicz and the cities of Halinów, Mińsk Mazowiecki and Sulejówek. The remaining poviats are subject to restrictions in the entire area.
Warning signs, no hunting
The weather encourages walks in the forests, the first mushrooms and berries have already appeared in the undergrowth. Before going on a mushroom picking, you should carefully check whether the area is at risk of rabies. – At the roads, pedestrian paths and parking lots, legible and durable boards appeared with a clear inscription: “ATTENTION AREA RAS IN HAZARDOUS ANIMALS” – informs the Masovian veterinarian.
A large-scale information campaign in the form of posters is carried out in the endangered areas. It is forbidden to organize fairs, exhibitions, competitions, shows with the participation of dogs, cats and other animals sensitive to rabies, hunting and trapping of game animals, with the exception of sanitary shooting of wild boar and individual hunting without the participation of dogs and witch hunt, on the terms specified by the territorially competent poviat doctor veterinary.
Dogs, cats and other livestock, with the exception of the mulberry silkworm (Bombyx mori) and the honey bee (Apis mellifera), must be kept in closed enclosures. Dogs should also be vaccinated against rabies, and cats should also be vaccinated.
How to behave when we see an infected animal?
There are also recommendations on how to behave when you encounter an animal that may be sick with rabies in the forest or on the property. You should absolutely not approach it, assess its condition from a safe distance and call the appropriate intervention services, e.g. the police, municipal or commune guard, or a district veterinarian. A wild animal that has entered the property will return to freedom on its own, you should leave the gate open for it.
If a dead fox is found in the endangered area, first of all, notify the district doctor and mark the place of finding the dead animal for the services. If bitten by a wild or farm animal, wash the wound and consult a doctor. If there is no confirmation that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies, it should be vaccinated.
Vaccinations of foxes
As Paweł Jakubczak reported, “free-living foxes are the main reservoir of rabies”. In connection with the finding of rabies, the Provincial Veterinary Inspectorate based in Siedlce carried out the vaccination of foxes. In March, a vaccine was laid out in parts of the Otwock, Minsk and Warsaw poviats. In May, the vaccine was dropped from the plane in the following poviats: Białobrzegi, Garwolin, Kozienice, Grójec, Minsk, Otwock, Nowodworski, Legionowo, Piaseczno, Pruszkowski, Grodzisk, Pułtusk, Wołomin, Wyszkowski, West Warsaw and Warsaw.
In July, the vaccine was dropped from planes in the following poviats: Radom, Przysucha, Lipsko, Zwoleń and Przysucha Szydłowiec. “It is planned to vaccinate the foxes in September and November this year” – said the voivodeship veterinarian of Mazovia.
Wild animals in Warsaw
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