Europe gave Ukraine one million euros to protect itself from rabies

Tetyana Literati, "Staryj Zamok"   10 October 2012 13:50  6122321 022855

To drop a vaccine wrapped in meat from the plane above the forests of Transcarpathia so that wild animals ate it and painlessly took preventative medicine for rabies - this project was first discussed late last year in Uzhgorod.
And recently the European Commission Directorate for Health and Consumer Protection (SANCO) has moved from words to deeds, giving Ukraine over 1 million euros for the creation of a buffer zone in four regions to prevent the spread of rabies. EU needs such measures, because the program to combat rabies through mass oral immunization has been being implemented in EU countries since 1995. For example, Hungary joined the program only in 2000, but now boasts that rabies is almost completely defeated.
Almost, because uncontrolled migration of wild animals (mostly foxes) across the border with Ukraine, where only last year 874 cases of rabies were recorded, may any day lead to a new outbreak. To avoid this, the EU is ready to finance the vaccination of wild animals in the 70-kilometer border strip, which has become a buffer zone against the spread of rabies. This zone will run through territories of Volyn, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Transcarpathian regions. 
According to the head of the veterinary medicine directorate in the Transcarpathian region Mykola Kaganets, tenders for the purchase of vaccines are almost completed. Maybe as soon as in November the vaccine will be dropped from planes over the woods of Perechyn, Velyky Berezny, Svalyava, Tyachiv and Volovets districts. Each vaccine will cost 0.95 euros and consist of bait, made from meat products, containing antigen in blister packs, which hitting the mucus mambrane of the animal, will make it a kind of painless vaccination against rabies. Such measures can protect animals in our forests from dangerous disease. The vaccine will cause no damage to livestock that can accidentally find meat bait in the forest.

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