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seronegative (<0.5 IU/ml) by 180 days post vaccination. Therefore, veterinarians should be aware of this timeframe, when planning for booster vaccination and serological determination for pets traveling from rabies endemic zone to other countries.
will be crucial for controlling disease transmission and elimination of dog-mediated human rabies. Continuing education of health and veterinary professionals in rabies prevention and control, strengthening of public awareness and community engagement are essential for successful rabies control.
Rabies control and eradication require multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration. In 2015, the WHO- FAO-OIE have set the tripartite collaboration with a goal for elimination of the dog-mediated human rabies by 2030. The global frameworks have been agreed and now being implemented. Success will depend on implementation of the five pillars of rabies elimination (STOP-R): socio-cultural, technical, organizational and political approaches.
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In contrast to serum neutralizing antibodies, immunological memory in vaccinated pet persisted longer, possibly lifelong, and can be reactivated upon vaccination booster or natural exposure. In healthy dogs, the duration of immunity (DOI) for rabies vaccine lasted longer than 7 years and revaccination was not necessary for maintaining the immunological memory or protective immunity in animals. This information supports an extended booster interval in owned adult pets,
as recommended by several veterinary professional organizations, including WSAVA. Rabies vaccine is considered a core vaccine for rabies endemic countries. The 2016 WSAVA vaccination guidelines recommended to give one dose of rabies vaccine to puppies at 12 weeks of age. In high-risk areas, a second dose may be given at 2-4 weeks later. For initial adult vaccination, a single dose is recommended. Revaccination (booster) should be given at 1 year of age. Subsequently, the
time of following booster is determined by the vaccine licensed DOI, and country’s statute. In supporting
the biological relevance of immunological memory,
dogs and cats with an out-of-date rabies vaccination exhibited similar anamnestic responses to the animals with regular vaccine status, regardless of the time since last vaccination or numbers of previously received rabies vaccines. Thus, post-exposure management of any previously vaccinated dogs or cats, regardless of vaccination status (regular vs overdue), should be similar. The updated protocol for post-exposure management
in rabies-exposed animals is available from the provided reference.
Factor affecting the effectiveness of rabies vaccination and control in the endemic area
Several factors, including animal size, age, breed, blood sampling time and vaccine (company, batch), significantly affect the levels of antibody responses in vaccinated dogs. Young (<1yr) and old (>7yr) dogs usually had lower antibody responses to rabies vaccination. Although maternal-derived immunity (MDA) has been one of the major interfering factors for vaccination in young animals, the interfering effect of MDA on rabies vaccination is not prominent. By 3 months of age, the level of MDA should have decreased, and active immunization will succeed in most puppies. In addition, host health and immunological status, proper vaccine handling, and delivery techniques are all critical for effective rabies immunization. Successful rabies vaccination and control program depend on both vaccine efficacy and coverage. Neither of these will reach 100%. In the endemic areas, achieving 70% herd immunity against rabies in the dog population
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