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Rabies (Canine) in France

22 May 2015

A case of canine rabies has been reported in Chambon-Feugerolles, close to Saint-Etienne in the Loire Valley. Rabies was confirmed by the Pasteur Institute on 21 May 2015.

The dog was symptomatic from 7 May and died on 18 May 2015. The carer of the dog and his neighbour were both bitten by the dog while it was ill. A further three contacts of the dog have been identified. The dog is believed to have been imported illegally from a country with rabies circulating. Following further investigation and the declaration of rabies in the area, there will be a restriction of movement of unvaccinated domestic animals (dogs, cats, ferrets) in the town of Chambon-Feugerolles

A restriction zone has been established around the place where the dog with rabies was located.

Advice for Travellers

France is considered by WHO as a No Risk country for rabies, the status and vaccination recommendations remain unchanged. Dogs have been illegally imported from rabies endemic areas to France in the past. Travellers should always report any bite (including bats) for proper medical assessment.