The Animal Health Administration is urging better vaccination programs for domestic pets after its new study found that 74 people had been killed by rabies in Vietnam so far this year.
The survey, released Sunday, found that most cases of fatal rabies came from the northern highlands, including 17 from Son La Province, 13 from Phu Tho, and 9 from Yen Bai.
Officials from the administration, which operates under the MInistry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said authorities had tracked and contained 268 rabid dogs, but they said there are still others free in at least 13 provinces.
They said vaccinations for dogs and cats in poor and remote areas are often considered an unaffordable luxury.
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