Infected dog stirs rabies alert in France

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Aug 27 (AFP) - Authorities in France on Friday warned of a possible rabies outbreak in the south-west of the country after an illegally imported puppy was found to be carrying the deadly disease.

BORDEAUX, France, Aug 27 (AFP) - Authorities in France on Friday warned of a possible rabies outbreak in the south-west of the country after an illegally imported puppy was found to be carrying the deadly disease.

The agriculture and health ministries announced in a joint statement that police were hunting for five people who might have come into contact with the infected animal, including a man who was bitten while jogging in Bordeaux.

The rabid puppy was reportedly brought into France on July 11 by a resident of Bordeaux, the ministries said, urging anyone believing themselves at risk to come forward.

Rabies - a fatal disease which attacks the nervous system and can paralyse the entire body - is transmitted to people by dogs, cats, livestock and certain wild animals and birds.

Regional authorities in the Bordeaux area said people who came into contact with the dog from August 2 through August 21 - when it died -- could be at risk.

The owner took the animal to several towns in the area during that time.

Since 1977, 19 cases of human rabies have been reported in France. All of those infected contracted the disease abroad.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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