Rabies in Poland

In Warsaw, several cases of rabies have been reported in domestic animals, and in the entire Masovian Voivodeship, over 100 cases of rabies have been reported in free-living animals. The Voivode ordered compulsory vaccinations of all cats. Cat owners must vaccinate them against rabies in 30 days.

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The obligation applies to cats, because in Poland the level of rabies vaccination in domestic cats is quite low especially in smaller towns and villages. Additionally, often domestic cats are released outside and travel long distances without the owner's control, and then return home - in this way, the disease is most easily spread and has entered households.

In addition to imposing the obligation to vaccinate, the voivode also reminded that in the area particularly at risk of rabies, it is forbidden to organize fairs, exhibitions, competitions, shows involving dogs, cats and other animals sensitive to rabies. It is also not possible to organize hunting and catching game animals. The sanitary shooting of wild boars is an exception.