Canine rabies and human-wolf conflict

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Aniruddha Belsare Abi Tamim Vanak Canine rabies and Human-Wolf conflict: Preliminary investigations in rural Maharashtra Study area Three rural districts in Maharashtra Solapur Ahmednagar Osmanabad Criteria for village selection Reports of wolf attacks Media-newspapers Forest Department records Reports of rabid dog attacks Civil hospital ARV treatment records Wolf attacks: Ahmednagar District January 2008 February 2009- 3 cases (2 in Karjat taluka) Past attacks in Ahmednagar District In 2001, 19 fox (jackal) bite cases reported from Karjat taluka- 2 of the victims died exhibiting clinical signs indicative of rabies In 2005, 4 people were attacked by a jackal in Autewadi village (Karjat taluka) Records from DCF (Solapur) office February 2005- wolf attack in Mohol April 2005- rabid wolf attack in Malshiras July 2006- wolf attack in Pandharpur October 2006- human death due to wolf attack in Kumbhej March 2007- 2 human deaths after wolf attack in Karandevadi and Nandani November 2007- wolf attack in Jamgaon 2008 Wolf attacks: Solapur District June 2008- Wolf in Solapur city 9 th June 2008- Bibidarfal village 8 th November 2008-Ropale village Bibidarfal wolf attack Rabid wolf attack pattern Wolf traveling over large distances Biting a large number of people and domestic animals Usually a single day event Opportunistic testing of wolves Could not test the wolves involved in Bibidarfal and Ropale attack- were killed and disposed by the villagers Wherever possible, we have discussed with the villagers as well as FD officials, the importance of using such opportunities to test suspected wolves (or dogs). Even dead animals can be tested Wolf captured in Solapur City-2008 Tested for rabies-negative Anigen rabies antigen test Rabies testing using saliva from the animal Dot ELISA test Field test: takes 10 minutes Can be used to test suspected cases, even freshly killed animals can be tested Rabies Spill-over from dogs? Spill-back from wolves to dogs? Dogs are abundant, mostly free-ranging and unvaccinated Canine rabies is endemic: 20,000 human deaths every year in India due to rabies But no organized surveillance of rabies in India No confirmed rabies cases Not a single laboratory confirmed case! Even human rabies cases are diagnosed on the basis of history and clinical signs, no post mortem confirmation -Rabies is not a reportable/notifiable disease in India Indicators of canine rabies Dog bite injuries in the region Incidence of canine rabies-reports of rabid dogs Confirmed rabies cases in dogs Testing of dogs Vaccination and rabies testing camps 8 vaccination camps Saliva samples from 124 dogs Meetings organized to explain our objectives Questionnaire survey Vaccination camps Center-point vaccination camps House-to-house visits Dog bite incidence data Dog-bite injury data has been used to detect canine rabies trends (Cleaveland et al., 2003) We have collected available data from three civil hospitals in the region Will include data analysis in the final report


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