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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 23/30, 2014

Rabid Ferret-Badgers in Taiwan

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JAMA. 2014;311(16):1604. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3899

After 52 years with no canine rabies cases, Taiwan agriculture authorities have discovered rabies among wild ferret-badgers on the island.

Ferret-badgers are common in Southeast Asia. Three of the animals tested last year at Taiwan’s Animal Health Research Institute were positive for rabies, prompting agriculture officials to launch large-scale testing of all dead or ill wild mammals as well as any mammals that had bitten or scratched humans.

Authorities tested hundreds of animals, finding 31% of 512 ferret-badgers, 0.7% of 138 shrews, and 0.1% of 908 dogs with positive rabies test results. The dog had developed rabies symptoms while quarantined, after contact with a rabid ferret-badger. Hundreds of other animals, including cats, bats, and other mammals, had negative rabies test results (Wu H et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[8]:178).

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