By Augustine Delaporte
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In a press release dated Thursday 27 October 2022 and seen by Essonne newsthat Government discloses having been verified byPastor Institute a case of dog rabies in Essonne.
Kept in a shelterEvry-Courcouronnesthe 4-year-old Husky cross dog bit several people.
First sign from October 19
On Tuesday the 25th, the health authorities had received a report of suspicion in a dog that had developed the first signs on the 19th before dying on the 25th.
of the first positive results were then acquired the following day by the Rabies Center of the Institut Pasteur before being confirmed on the 27th by the National Reference Center for Rabies.
“Given the incubation period, the dog must have had rabies before it arrived at the shelter,” the press release clarifies, adding that during the period of infection the animal remained “alone in its box or in a relaxation yard”.
A dog imported illegally from Morocco
ARS has also carried out studies for identify people who are potentially exposed to the dog during its contagious period (October 5 to 25). The bitten individuals were taken care of by the Institut Pasteur’s rabies center from the 26th.
The press release also reveals that the investigations, which are still ongoing, suggest that the dog could have been illegally imported from Morocco.
The press release ends with a reminder that rabies is fatal if not treated in timeand that France is officially free of rabies (except for bats).
All persons who would have visited the shelter, located at 1 rue des Paveurs in Évry-Courcouronnes, between 4 and 25 October 2022 and who would have been in direct contact with the animal and who would not have been contacted by ARS , are encouraged to contact 0 800 811 411
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