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3.1.1 What personnel might be available for conducting ORV campaigns?

• Government Veterinary Services, Wildlife Services and Natural Resource Agencies – Vaccination campaigns should be under the overall supervision of Veterinary Departments/Services or Wildlife Departments, but other staff may be needed to assist during ORV campaigns.

• Hunters may be actively involved in ORV campaigns for foxes, especially when hand distribution of baits is needed, although the use of non-professionals for vaccine bait distribution may need to be authorised by the appropriate regulatory agencies. Hunters can also play a critical role in population control (management) of the target species, and in submission of animals for rabies surveillance and monitoring (follow-up investigations) of ORV campaigns.

• Flight Services are generally involved in ORV campaigns in terms of planning, organising and carrying out large-scale aerial distribution of vaccine baits.

• Private veterinary practitioners, paravets, agricultural extension officers and veterinary assistants are generally involved in voluntary or compulsory vaccination of pets or livestock as an additional measure in ORV campaigns (to avoid spillover of fox rabies to domestic animals and humans), and reporting and submission of rabies suspect animals to veterinary authorities for rabies routine testing. They also provide expert advice in cases where pets or livestock come in contact with vaccine baits.

• The public health sector (e.g. health promoters) is responsible for awareness campaigns, administration of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis and for providing expert advice in case where humans come into contact with vaccine baits.

• Volunteers / staff of local government authorities can play a valuable role in vaccination campaigns in areas where hand distribution of baits cannot be conducted by local hunters, e.g. peri-urban and urban settlements. However, the use of non-professionals for vaccine bait distribution may need to be authorised by the appropriate regulatory agencies.

• Veterinary schools or university staff may be involved as part of their training as animal health professionals, in operational research and in the dissemination of findings.

• Epidemiologists and appropriate IT-personnel are generally involved in the identification of risk areas, subsequent planning and assessment of ORV campaigns and the resulting rabies situation.


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