Dog Ecology and Dog Rabies Control

Wandeler, A. I.; Budde, A.; Capt, S.; Kappeler, A.; Matter, H. (1988). Dog Ecology and Dog Rabies Control. Reviews of infectious diseases, 10(Suppl. 4), S684-S688. The University of Chicago Press 10.1093/clinids/10.Supplement_4.S684

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Dog populations, like other populations, depend on the availability of resources (food, water, and shelter). Humans either make available or deliberately withhold resources for varying proportions of dog populations. Dog-keeping practices and the duties of responsible ownership vary with the cultural setting. Dog populations often attain densities that allow the species to be a main host of rabies. The epidemiology of dog rabies is not well understood, despite the easy access to dog populations. Today dog rabies is predomina~t in developing countries. In addition to the high rate of exposure of humans to dogs, tradItional medical beliefs and practices are the most important cultural factors that lead to high numbers of cases of human rabies. Dog rabies control programs have been succe~sful in the past, but most are failing today. Program development should follow managenal principles and take into consideration the biology of dog populations as w~ll as. cultural constraints. Elimination of stray dogs IS not an effIcIent means of controllIng eIther the dog population or rabies, but it may create public awareness.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Virology and Immunology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology




The University of Chicago Press




Marceline Brodmann

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