Estonia declares itself a rabies-free country

  • 2013-04-04

TALLINN – The Estonian Veterinary and Food Board (VFB) sent on Wednesday a declaration to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) in which declared Estonia a rabies-free country, Pubic Broadcasting reports.

According to the rules, a country has the right to declare itself free of rabies in case it corresponds to requirements of the land animals' heath code. One of the main prerequisites to get the status of rabies-free country is that the disease hasn’t been registered in a state over two years.

The last case of rabies was registered in Estonia in January 2011.

The VFB still continues its anti-rabies vaccination of wild animals in the state's South and Eastern border areas to prevent the disease spreading to Estonia again.