Over 3,000 monkeys in Lop Buri to be vaccinated against rabies

Lop Buri provincial livestock officials are preparing to inoculate more than 3,000 crab-eating macaques in the province with anti-rabies vaccine on March 26-29.

Mr Charoon Chukiatwattana, the livestock chief and a veterinarian, said Tuesday (March 13) that the 3,000 plus macaques were living at and around Phra Karn shrine and Phra Prang Sam Yod in Muang district.

The vaccination was intended to prevent the spread of rabies among the animals and possible spread of the disease to humans, he said, adding that, so far, officials concerned have not found any serious communicable diseases among the monkeys such as ebola or tuberculosis although some were inflected with skin diseases.

Although no rabies cases have been reported in Lop Buri, Mr Charoon said livestock officials had been sent to various communities in the province to give free anti-rabies vaccination to many stray cats and dogs – most of scattering in temples.

As a precautionary measure, he urged owners of cats and dogs to being them for vaccination against rabies or to report to livestock officials if they found any of their pet animals showing symptoms of rabies infection.