Taming the beast: rabies control in the cradle of mankind

Gianluca D’Amico, Andrei D. Mihalca, Cristian Domşa, Kateřina Albrechtová, Attila D. Sándor, David Modrý
  • Gianluca D’Amico
    Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Andrei D. Mihalca
    Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania | amihalca@usamvcluj.ro
  • Cristian Domşa
    Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • Kateřina Albrechtová
    Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Attila D. Sándor
    Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • David Modrý
    Biology Center, Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, České Budĕjovice; CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno; Department of Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic

Abstract

Between 2006 and 2012, a rabies control programme has been conducted in the area of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Spatial data obtained for this project were analysed with the aim of assessing the importance of dog home ranges with the view of possible overlapping between dog populations from adjacent localities. In contrast to our expectation of the maximum home ranges of dogs in the harsh semi-desert environment, the results provided by geographical information system (GIS) analysis showed that in 14 out of 16 localities considered for the study, the dog populations were fully isolated from each other. The data obtained should be helpful for designing rabies control strategies.

Keywords

dogs, rabies, geographical information systems, Kenya.

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