Rabies case in Netherlands shows Ireland's risk, vets claim
on 24/10/2013 15:41:30
The disease has been found in two pups, which were imported legally into the Netherlands from Bulgaria.
Veterinary Ireland says it demonstrates that this country is exposed to an increased level of risk as a result of changes made to EU regulations regarding the movement of dogs and cats.
Ireland is among a small group of EU countries which had traditionally enjoyed a rabies free status.
The disease can be fatal to humans and causes an estimated 55 thousand deaths worldwide each year.