On January 24, 2022, the veterinarian of Mazowieckie Voivodeship informed about the discovery of the seventh case of rabies in animals in Mazowieckie Voivodeship in 2022. The latest cases were reported in the Radom districts and in the Rembertów, Wawer and Targówek districts of the Capital. Warsaw. From December 31, 2021, in the risk area of rabies in animals, there will be an obligation to vaccinate cats against rabies.
In 2021 we recorded a total of 110 cases of rabies in animals, not only in the wild, but also in domestic animals, such as cats. That is why I call for caution when encountering animals unknown to us on our way. Even if we see an injured animal and want to help it, don’t touch it. Relevant services should be notified. Let’s not act on our own. We must also remember that vaccination against rabies in dogs is mandatory and that cats are recommended, except for cats residing in the risk area where their vaccination is mandatory. – said the Mazovian Voivode.
Rabies Risk Areas
On January 21, 2021, the Mazowiecki Voivode issued an ordinance amending the ordinance on the fight against rabies in animals in the cities of Otwock, Minsk, Garwolin, Kozienice, Radom, Zwoleń, Wołomin, the city of Radom and the capital Warsaw. Details: click here.
In this regulation, the rabies risk area is defined as the area that:
- the districts: Wawer, Wesoła, Targówek (part of the district bounded on the west by ul. Radszymńska), Rembertów, Praga Południe, Wilanów of the capital Warsaw,
- in the Minsk poviat (municipalities: Dębe Wielkie, Halinów, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Siennica, Stanisławów, Latowicz, Cegłów and the towns: Halinów, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Sulejówek),
- poviats: Otwock, Garwolin, Kozienice, Radom, the city of Radom, Zwoleń, Wołomin, Szydłowiec.
In addition to the changes included in the above regulations, as well as in the regulations: no. 49 (details click here), no. 38 (details click here), no. 36 (details click here) and no. 32 of the Mazowieckie Voivode (details click here), the Regulation No. 26 of the Mazowieckie Voivode of 20 July 2021 is still in force Details (click here).
Obligation to vaccinate pets
Pursuant to Ordinance No 49 of the Mazowieckie Voivode, from December 31, 2021, cat owners (who live in the area covered by the animal rabies risk area) it is mandatory to vaccinate the cat against rabies – within 30 days from the day the cat is 3 months old, and thereafter at least every 12 months from the date of the last vaccination.
We also remind you that In Poland, dogs over 3 months of age are subject to the mandatory protective vaccination against rabies, and thereafter at least every 12 months from the date of the last vaccination. The vaccination of dogs and cats against rabies is performed by veterinarians who provide veterinary services as part of an animal treatment facility. The cost of vaccinating the animal will be borne by the owner.
Failure to vaccinate the dog (and a cat owned by a resident of an area at risk of animal rabies) is an offense punishable by a fine of up to PLN 500.
Educational campaign of the Mazowieckie Voivode and the Mazovian Education Superintendent
The Mazowieckie Voivode and the Mazowiecki Superintendent of Education, in collaboration with the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Veterinary Doctor and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Sanitary Inspectorate, are conducting an education campaign among children and adolescents about the threats to human health and life posed by the spread of the rabies virus among animals in Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Including as part of the action animation film, and on January 4 of this year. there was a press conference, in which, among other things, changes due to the spreading rabies virus are presented.
Vaccinate your pet in the blink of an eye
The Mazowieckie Voivodship Office in Warsaw already promoted the action of the Mazowieckie Voivodship Veterinary Doctor “Vaccinate a pet, it’s just a moment” in early December 2020, promoting mandatory vaccinations of dogs against rabies in the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. More information about the promotion can be found on the website of the Provincial Veterinary Inspectorate (Click here).
In 2021, the vet in Mazowieckie Voivodeship informed about the detection of 110 cases of rabies in animals in Mazowieckie Voivodeship (details: click here).
Source: Mazowiecki Voivodship Office in Warsaw