The Veterinary College of the Province of Buenos Aires sent a note Monday to governor María Eugenia Vidal, in view of the concern generated by the lack of a vaccine against human rabies. It was signed by President Osvaldo Rinaldi and Secretary Héctor Fernández on behalf of the 14 districts that are part of the entity.
In addition, veterinarians have issued a statement to society in general, urging resources and extreme efforts on the rabies health alert because the health system lacks vaccines to treat people at risk of a possible rabies accident. "Today, more than ever, we must act responsibly and maximize resources and efforts," the group said.
In a conversation with this newspaper, Héctor Fernández said that the issue is latent, not only in the city, province or country, but that the concern would be given around the world.
According to the statement, the current epidemiological situation, with increased detection of bats infected with rabies virus and their natural reservoirs, increases the sanitary alarm and exposes the population to the lack of vaccines.
Watch out for the dog
As they stated in school, rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease that affects more than 150 countries and territories. The vast majority, according to the World Health Organization, the deaths caused by rabies in humans have the main source of infection of the dog.
In this sense, they emphasized that the main way to prevent this disease is to vaccinate dogs and cats and avoid their bites. At this point, veterinary practitioners play a key role and should make every effort to ensure that as many suspect animals are monitored according to protocols. "The ideal will be the clinical control and in case of death of the animal, its diagnosis postmortem," said experts from Buenos Aires.
On the other hand, they argued the need to strengthen vaccination of cats and dogs, while exposing the risk that people may suffer. Thus, Veterinary College officials said that "in the current circumstances of urban rabies control, the greatest danger is represented by the decreased perception of risk by the community, including veterinarians and authorities." , which implies the reduction of the first two health measures.
Increase in cases
The current epidemiological situation, which warns of a marked increase in the detection of cases of rabies virus infected bats, being the natural reservoirs, increases this sanitary alarm and exposes the population to the lack of vaccines.
It should be noted that, as has been said, the decision to vaccinate a person is the power of human medicine, but the evidence on which the decision is taken is provided by the veterinary profession. "So we are partners in preserving people's lives, especially in the current circumstances," the professionals said. "Human health and animal health are interdependent, the College of Veterinarians is committed and works for health," they concluded.