Revised rabies control strategy for Great Britain published

17 September 2019

Article: 53/3704

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), in conjunction with the Scottish and Welsh Governments, have published a revised ‘Rabies Control Strategy for Great Britain’. The strategy, which was first published in June 2018, sets out a framework for managing an outbreak of rabies in Great Britain, in order to protect the environment, society and the economy.

Although the strategy covers general control principles for the most likely scenarios for cases of classical rabies virus and the rationale for such controls, it is not intended to provide detailed operational instructions for how to deal with an outbreak. The Scottish Government’s ‘Exotic diseases of animals: contingency framework plan’ covers these arrangements and should be referred to for detailed explanation of the systems, structures, roles and responsibilities implemented during an outbreak, which are referenced in this control strategy.

Further information about rabies can be found on the HPS website.

Source: DEFRA, 12 September 2019