Last May, the Department of Social Policies and Public Health on Melilla confirmed positive case of rabies in a dog. This is the first animal with rabies detected this year 2023 in the territory of Spain.
Today, this September 12, the Animal Health and Zoonoses Unit of the General Directorate of Public Health and Consumer Affairs in Melilla reported positive case of animal rabies in the Autonomous City, which was diagnosed by antigen detection in the laboratory of the National Center for Microbiology of Carlos III Health Institute. This is the second case reported this year.
It’s about a puppy in some nine months of age inside the Jardines del Mar Urbanization on Monday, September 4, 2023 in the morning, was transferred to a veterinary clinic for treatment and later transferred to Animal Shelter and Observation Center where he died on September 9.
the sample for analysis at the National Center of Microbiology it was sent during the day 11 of September the result is confirmed the next day.
The authorities in Melilla remember that if someone has been bitten or has contact with saliva with this dog on or before the indicated date, or if anyone can provide information about its origin, go to the offices of the General Directorate of Public Health and Consumer Affairs in the Autonomous City, or contact the Local Police Service, to start with treatment if necessary. “Remember that rabies, when the first symptoms appear, is a deadly disease for vulnerable people and animals,” they warned.
Also, they urge you to contact the General Directorate of Public Health and Consumer Affairs if you know anything the dog can bite any other animal which was found in the area.
Also, they remember that, given the appearance of stray animals or it’s like a pain on public roads, do not try to touch, feed or take them and contact the Local Police so that the competent services can proceed to remove them safely.
They also remember that the The annual rabies vaccination in the City is mandatory and free For dogs, cats and ferrets over three months of age.