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AFCD to launch dog inoculation campaign at fishing ports

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will hold a dog inoculation campaign at seven major fishing ports from January 21 to 29. Fishermen can have their dogs vaccinated against rabies and microchipped and the licences renewed.

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

     Cheung Chau        January 21
     Shau Kei Wan       January 22
     Sam Mun Tsai       January 22
     Sha Tau Kok        January 27
     Aberdeen           January 27
     Sai Kung           January 28
     Castle Peak        January 29

     The half-yearly dog inoculation campaign was launched in 1980 with the aim of providing a licensing and rabies vaccination service for 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, more than 7,200 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 animal rabies since 1987 and we must remain vigilant to prevent any possible outbreak," the spokesman said.

     Under the Rabies Ordinance, all dogs aged over 5 months must be vaccinated against rabies, licensed and microchipped. Dogs have to be revaccinated against rabies and their licences have to be renewed at intervals not exceeding three years. Dog owners who fail to do so are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000.

Ends/Thursday, January 14, 2016
Issued at HKT 15:03


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