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AFCD to launch dog inoculation campaign at fishing ports

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will launch a dog inoculation campaign at seven major Hong Kong fishing ports from tomorrow (January 10) to January 19.  Fishermen can have their dogs, vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and the licences renewed.

     AFCD mobile vaccination teams will visit the following fishing ports in the schedule below:

     Sam Mun Tsai            January 10 and 11
     Aberdeen and Sai Kung   January 12
     Castle Peak             January 12 and 13
     Cheung Chau             January 13
     Sha Tau Kok             January 17
     Shau Kei Wan            January 19  

     The half-yearly dog inoculation campaign was launched in 1980 with the aim of providing a licensing and vaccination service to dogs kept by fishermen who work on board fishing vessels most of the time. The vaccination teams will visit the fishing ports from 10am to 3pm. A fee of $80 will be charged for each dog. To date, 7,115 vaccinations have been given to dogs on fishing vessels.

     An AFCD spokesman said that the service is one of the proactive measures to prevent rabies, a fatal disease that is transmitted to humans from animals. Dogs on board vessels that have visited overseas countries may have come in contact with other animals carrying diseases, making them more susceptible to rabies infection.

     "Hong Kong has been free from rabies since 1987 and we must remain vigilant to prevent any possible outbreak," the spokesman said.

     Under the Rabies Ordinance, all dogs aged over five months must be vaccinated against rabies, licensed and microchipped. The dogs have to be revaccinated against rabies and their licences have to be renewed at intervals not exceeding three years. Dog keepers fail to do so are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000.

Ends/Monday, January 9, 2012
Issued at HKT 11:34


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