BEIJING -- All the 550,323
registered dogs in Beijing have received anti-rabies inoculations, the municipal
agriculture bureau said on Monday.
Liu Yaqing, vice director of the bureau, said 319 anti-rabies inoculation
stations had been opened in the capital to offer free inoculations for all
Deng Xiaohong, another bureau vice director, said Beijing has recorded 12
rabies cases by November 15.
Eleven cases involved non-Beijing residents who came to seek medical help in
the city. The only case involving a Beijinger was bitten by a dog which had been
brought to the city from outside.
This means the vaccination of dogs has paid off, said Deng.
Deng said that more than 118,000 people had received anti-rabies inoculations
in Beijing after being bitten or scratched by dogs or cats by mid-November, up
22 percent on the previous year.
Deng said Beijing had also set up 45 anti-rabies clinics to provide 24 hour
medical assistance to those bitten by dogs.
However, experts believe there are around one million dogs in the city, which
means the city authorities' job is only half done.
Police in Beijing have implemented a "one-dog policy" - one family is only
allowed one dog - and banned dangerous dogs or dogs taller than 35 cm, such as
Dobermans, Saint Bernards and Great Danes.
Rabies accounted for 326, or 46 percent of all fatalities caused by
infectious diseases reported on the Chinese mainland in October, according to
the Ministry of Health.