DIPHU, July 6: World Zoonoses Day was observed by State Veterinary Dispensary at Rongkhelan to create awareness on communicable diseases passed from animal to humans here on Saturday. On the occasion, free anti-rabies vaccination were given for dogs.
District veterinary officer Dr. Dilip Mahanta said the World Zoonoses Day is observed every year to commemorate on July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases (virus, bacteria and parasites) that can spread from animals to human, and vice versa. Zoonoses can spread from by direct contact with animals or indirectly, vector-borne or food-borne and for that reason people should be careful while in contact with pet animals and livestock.
Dr. Mahanta said, “Pigs are a carrier of the JE virus and people rearing pigs should distance at least keep the pig stay 500 metre away. A meeting was held on Saturday at Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) with concerned secretaries and health officials to contain the disease. Very soon an awareness programme on JE and free JE vaccination for children and adults will be conducted.”
Veterinary officers (VO) Dr. S Chaudhury, Dr. Anthony Phangcho and staff of State Veterinary Dispensary assisted in the vaccination. More than 70 dogs were vaccinated.