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Kato, Masahiko
Inukai, Yoshihide
Kira, Shohei
Abstract

We estimated the number of stray dogs in Kathmandu, Nepal, where human rabies cases still occur, and in Shimotsui, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. In Kathmandu, the stray dog density was 2,930 stray dogs/km2, and the ratio of stray dogs to humans was 1:4.7. In Shimotsui, the density was 225 stray dogs/km2, and the ratio was 1:5.2. Since the stray dog population in Nepal is very large, one of the measures used to prevent dog bites and dog-acquired infections such as rabies is an effort to capture stray dogs. Another such measure is an effort to decrease the availability of food for stray dogs. We also organized health education programs in both Nepal and Okayama Prefecture, Japan, which involved a course on the prevention of dog bites and subsequent infections. After each course, a questionnaire survey was conducted. The results suggest that the course participants understood these important preventive methods. In addition to the measures mentioned above and the routine vaccination of dogs, this health education course is recommended as a long-term preventive program

Keywords
dog
rabies
dog density
dog bite
health education
Amo Type
Article
Published Date
2003-10
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume57
Issue
issue5
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
261
End Page
266
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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Refereed
True
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