5.5.19 What is the key indicator of success in an ORV programme?

Although bait-uptake and seroconversion are essential components in the evaluation of ORV programmes, their importance was over interpreted for many years. Basically, a decrease in rabies incidence is the key index for the success of an ORV programme. As long as there is a steady decrease in rabies incidence in the vaccination area, no matter what the percentage of bait-uptake and seroconversion in the fox population, ORV campaigns and the chosen vaccination strategy can be considered appropriate and successful.

Only if the rabies incidence remains unaltered, increases or only marginally decreases is it a matter for concern. If so, it requires in-depth epidemiological analysis and immediate action.


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