bahaThe Belize Agricultural Health Authority along with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and Belize Livestock Producers are advising all farmers to vaccinate their livestock so as to avoid coming in contact with the Bovine Rabies following an outbreak detected in the Cayo District.

Rabies is a deadly disease that affects all mammals but it can also be transmitted to humans, and while the disease is undoubtedly fatal most of the time, it can be prevented with the use of immunizations on animals and post exposure treatment to humans. Animals that come in contact with the disease usually display signs of nervousness and aggression while others will show extreme salivation due to the fact that they are unable to swallow normally.

Information regarding this disease in particular can be acquired from livestock officers at the Agriculture Departments throughout the country, BAHA animal health officers, Belize Livestock Producers Association as well as from registered veterinarians.

BAHA advises that anyone who comes in contact with animals that display these symptoms is asked to kindly inform BAHA Officers as soon as possible so as to report these suspected cases of rabies.

And while the disease was discovered in Cayo, it is anticipated that it will affect cattle located in the Belize River Valley due to the fact that suspected cases have also been identified in areas near the Macal River.

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