For first time in 50 years, rabies found in Taiwan

Rabies virus has been found in wild Formosan ferret-badgers in Yunlin and Nantou. No human cases have been reported, but this is the first detection of rabies in Taiwan in 50 years. Now, Japan is the only rabies-free country in Asia. Worldwide, only 10 countries and regions around the world are free from rabies. They include the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Guam.

Because rabies virus is so widespread in the world, Sitata does not usually post alerts regarding human cases resulting from bites by rabid animals. However, given this unusual incident, Sitata wishes to remind all travellers to be cautious when travelling and avoid contact with domestic animals (dogs, cats) and wild animals (raccoons, monkeys, etc.) that can carry the virus.

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