Distribution area of rabies vaccine baits to be expanded
Rabies is in Finnish animal health legislation classified as a severe animal disease subject to a regulatory eradication programme. The primary vectors of the disease include wild predators, such as foxes and raccoon dogs, as well as domestic cats and dogs. Rabies spreads particularly by biting.
The vaccination of small predators is the most important weapon in the eradication of rabies in wild animals. The current vaccination programme covers a 20 km wide zone in the border area, from Pyhtää to the height of Värtsilä in Tohmajärvi. The vaccine baits are distributed in the wilderness every spring and autumn.
Evira has started investigations on possibilities to obtain extra vaccine lots to Finland this autumn. The objective is to expand the current vaccine distribution area northward in North Karelia and to increase the current width of the distribution zone from 20 km to 40 km from the eastern border.
Part of the funding for the fight against rabies is obtained from the European Union. Finland will apply for more funding for the expansion of the vaccine distribution area. The objective is to keep rabies out of Finland.No information about new cases of rabies has been received from the Russian Karelia since the case reported on the last week of August.
For more information, please contact
Distribution of vaccine baits to small predators:
Ulla-Maija Kokkonen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 50 5262065, Liisa Kaartinen, Head of Research Unit, tel. +358 40 840 7364
Vaccination of dogs and cats:
Karoliina Alm-Packalen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 40 486 0052
Examination of small predators:
Marja Isomursu, Researcher, tel. +358 40 512 1248
Tiia Tuupanen, Senior Officer, tel. +358 40 489 3348