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5.3.3.2 What is the optimal size of a vaccination area?

Wherever and whenever possible, large-scale vaccination is the method of choice. A coherent vaccination area large enough to cover all observed rabies cases in an affected region should be established.

To be on the safe side, all rabies cases reported during the past two years should be considered. It is important to create buffers zones of at least 50 kilometres, between the locations of rabies cases and the outer edge of the vaccination area to cover undetected rabies cases in the area (see section 5.2.3.). Even larger buffers could be considered depending on the fox density or other geographic features.

The vaccination area must be covered continuously with vaccine baits for several consecutive vaccination campaigns (years) before one can consider reducing the vaccination area.


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