Adverse reactions from consumption of oral rabies vaccine baits in dogs in Finland

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Title: Adverse reactions from consumption of oral rabies vaccine baits in dogs in Finland
Author: Nokireki, T.; Nevalainen, M.; Sihvonen, L.; Gadd, T.
Abstract: Background Oral rabies vaccination of wildlife has effectively reduced the incidence of rabies in wildlife and has led to the elimination of rabies in large areas of Europe. The safety of oral rabies vaccines has been assessed in both target (red fox and raccoon dog) and several non-target species. Case presentation Since 2011, the competent authority in Finland has received a few reports of dogs experiencing adverse reactions that have been assumed to be caused by the consumption of baits containing oral rabies vaccine. The dogs usually exhibited gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, inappetence, constipation or diarrhoea) or behavioral symptoms (restlessness, listlessness and unwillingness to continue hunting). Conclusions Nevertheless, these adverse reactions are transient and non-life threatening. Even though the adverse reactions are unpleasant to individual dogs and their owners, the benefits of oral rabies vaccination clearly outweigh the risks.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/178742
Date: 2016
Subject: Adverse reaction
Oral rabies vaccine
Hunting dog
SAG 2


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