from the LAHT:
Mexico has become the first country in the world to be free from dog-transmitted rabies, according to the Pan American Health Organization on Monday announcing the World Health Organization validation.
To achieve WHO validation, Mexico implemented a strategy that included free mass-vaccination campaigns for dogs from the 1990s, as well as continuous surveillance and public awareness-raising campaigns for a timely diagnosis.
“Eliminating rabies doesn’t happen by accident. It takes political resolve, careful planning and meticulous execution,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the PAHO statement.
The WHO considers a country free from rabies after registering two years of zero transmission to humans. Mexico went from having 60 cases in 1990 to three in 1999 and none since 2006, the statement added.
The last two cases of rabies in humans transmitted by dogs occurred in the State of Mexico in 2005.