Rabies epidemic in animals poses threat to humans in Chelyabinsk Region, Russia

An epidemic of rabies in local animals (presumably dogs, cats) in the region may poses a threat to humans. Currently, there have been 106 instances of rabies (animal not specified) recorded in 93 towns and villages throughout 17 municipal districts and in 9 cities of the Chelyabinsk region, including 4 in the city of Chelyabinsk. Aggressive rabies control measures have been authorized through an emergency decree. Travellers should always avoid contact with stray animals, especially dogs and cats, while travelling. If bitten or scratched by a stray animal, medical advice should be sought immediately for possible anti-rabies prevention.

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