Up to five vaccinations are required for each contact person.  (Symbol image)

After the suspicion of rabies in a puppy illegally brought to Bremen, 41 contact persons were vaccinated against the fatal disease.

Bremen – After suspicion of rabies in an illegal after Bremen The puppies brought in, 41 contact persons were vaccinated against the disease, which is fatal for humans.

Up to five vaccinations are required for each contact person. (Symbol picture) © yuragolub / 123RF

In the Hanseatic city, eleven people are affected, including three young people, as the spokesman for the health department said on Wednesday. In the Lower Saxony district of Verden, 30 people are receiving antibody therapy, as the spokesman for the district said. Several syringes are required for vaccination protection.

A family brought the puppy to Bremen from abroad, even though it did not have the required rabies vaccination. The sick animal was initially treated in a veterinary practice in Bremen and later died in a veterinary clinic in the Verden district.

A rapid test for rabies turned out positive, the result of the official confirmatory examination is expected at the end of the week. The health department expects that the suspicion will be confirmed.

The dog sitter finds a cardboard box with a message that brings tears to her eyes
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The dog sitter finds a cardboard box with a message that brings tears to her eyes

After the positive rapid test became known on Friday, the health department and the Bremen health department set up crisis teams.

All resident doctors, clinics and emergency physicians in Bremen were informed and prepared for the possible care of people with rabies.

Vaccination against rabies is mandatory for dogs.  (Symbol image)

Vaccination against rabies is mandatory for dogs. (Symbol picture) © Nicolas Armer / dpa

“We take it absolutely seriously,” said the spokesman for the health department. All contact persons were vaccinated as soon as possible. Up to five vaccinations are required per person. “You can’t do more than that.”

So far, no contact has shown signs of illness, said the spokesman. The department reckons that the vaccinations will work and that no one will become ill. The crisis teams have been disbanded. The situation is currently calm.

“We see ourselves in a situation that is relaxed and manageable,” said the spokesman for the health department. The extent to which the family who brought the puppy to Bremen has made itself liable to prosecution will be examined.

Dog attacks and injures woman's four-legged friend: police are looking for owner
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Dog attacks and injures woman’s four-legged friend: police are looking for owner

Rabies is a dangerous infectious disease. It can be transmitted from animals to humans through infectious saliva – for example after a bite. “In principle, it is a death sentence if you do not vaccinate within the first few days,” said the chairman of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Egbert Tannich. “In theory, you can also become infected if you have wounds on your hand and come into contact with the dog’s saliva.”

In Germany, rabies has been systematically combated in wild animals, and the country has been considered rabies-free since 2008. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are risks for the population almost exclusively when traveling to countries with many rabies cases.

The last case of rabies in a person living in Germany occurred in 2007 – the man affected was bitten by a dog in Morocco.

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