Rabies,
Liberia
Information received on 19/11/2020 from Dr Joseph R. N. Anderson, Director of Livestock/Veterinary Services, Animal Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Monrovia, Liberia
Summary
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 17/11/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 18/11/2020
Report date 19/11/2020
Date submitted to OIE 19/11/2020
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Rabies virus
Serotype RABV
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Buchanan City, Buchanan, #3, Grand Bassa
Date of start of the outbreak 17/11/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 0 1 0
Affected population A stray dog
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 0 1 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs ** ** 0.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments A stray dog suddenly became aggressive and started attacking residents within a municipal area. The area has a high dog population where no rabies vaccination was performed in the past five years. Fishing activities are predominant within the area giving rise to a large street or stray dog population.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations