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5.6.5 Why is there a need for response strategies to new cases/outbreaks?

Although the maintenance of a “rabies free” status should be given top priority, the re-emergence or recurrence of new rabies cases/outbreaks in freed areas due to re-introduction of rabies infected animals from adjacent rabies endemic areas cannot be ruled out.

Therefore, effective response strategies (“contingency action”) should be defined and outlined to minimise the risk of new cases/outbreaks due to re-introduction. It is critical to immediately tackle the problem to avoid further spread of the disease in already freed areas in order to re-achieve the “rabies free” status as soon as possible.


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