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Government urged to review UK rabies risk

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 02:13 PM

Scientists are warning that the rabies threat to the UK has increased following changes to quarantine rules.

Veterinary experts and animal welfare groups have told the BBC they are concerned they no longer provide adequate protection against the threat of the disease.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24569593

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:42 AM

...more than any other 'threat' facing the UK.

http://www.express.c...-through-lax-EU

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 10:34 AM

It seems astounding to me that the EU government (or whatever it is) is turning a blind eye to this...


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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:08 PM

View PostTaun, on 25 October 2013 - 10:34 AM, said:

It seems astounding to me that the EU government (or whatever it is) is turning a blind eye to this...

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:12 PM

View PostTaun, on 25 October 2013 - 10:34 AM, said:

It seems astounding to me that the EU government (or whatever it is) is turning a blind eye to this...

The dirty little secret that nobody lets out in Britain is that the number 1 cause of death for bats is rabies, and that not since they changed the law to European standard last year but for the last 50 years.

If European standards are adhered to there is no rabies risk, the critter has to be vaccinated against rabies 21 days (standard incubation time) before traveling anywhere. And that has to be certified by an authorized Vet in a standard travel document (also called pet passport). In areas where there actually is rabies the law requires that all pets are vaccinated.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:40 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 25 October 2013 - 03:12 PM, said:

The dirty little secret that nobody lets out in Britain is that the number 1 cause of death for bats is rabies, and that not since they changed the law to European standard last year but for the last 50 years.


The last rabid terrestrial animal in the UK was a puppy in quarantine which had been imported from Sri Lanka and found to be rabid in 2008.
Twice in the last few years rabies-like viruses have been found in bats in the UK. These viruses are known as European Bat Lyssaviruses (EBVLs), very rarely cross the species barrier from bats to humans, and are different from the 'classical' rabies virus found in dogs and other animals. EBLVs are found more commonly in bats elsewhere in Europe than the UK. There have only been four documented cases of transmission of EBVLs to humans in Europe from bats in the last 25 or more years.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:59 PM

There are quite a lot of places in the E.U. where rabies is common,so I guess that euro wants to share some with us.
Hey guys we have rabies and Britain doesn't shall we be generous and give them some.....E.U. vote 27 aye 1 nay

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