An additional 13 rabies infections in Formosan ferret-badgers were confirmed on Friday, the Central Command Epidemic Center said yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of animal rabies to 36, of which 35 were ferret-badgers.
The 13 new cases were reported in Greater Taichung’s Dali District (大里); Nantou County’s Yuchi (魚池) and Xinyi (信義) townships; Chiayi County’s Alishan (阿里山), Zhuqi (竹崎) and Fanlu (番路) townships; Greater Tainan’s Liujia (六甲), Nanhua (南化) and Nanxi (楠西) districts; Greater Kaohsiung’s Qishan District (旗山), with two cases; and Taitung County’s Donghe Township (東河), also with two cases.
The number of known rabies-affected cities and counties now stands at seven, with Chiayi County, yesterday becoming the seventh affected area in the nation.
The other six are Greater Taichung, Nantou County, Yulin County, Greater Tainan, Greater Kaohsiung and Taitung County.
Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Director Chang Su-san (張淑賢) also reported that as of Friday, 90 wildlife carnivores have been tested for rabies this year, and no infection was found outside of the 35 ferret-badgers.
Other kinds of animals that have been tested negative for rabies in the past few days include cats, dogs, squirrels, bats, mice and Asian house shrews.
When asked the reason for the sudden increase in the number of confirmed cases of rabies infection, Chang said that until last Friday, the Council of Agriculture’s (COA) Animal Health Research Institute, the testing center in charge of rabies testing in the country, had not been using a rapid test kit, but the standardized diagnostic test in compliance with World Organisation for Animal Health standards for confirmation.
“We had to make sure that the rapid test kit gave us the right result, as false positives were possible. So until last Friday, we had been comparing the test results coming out from the two types of test to ensure the accuracy of the rapid test kit,” Chang said.
Centers for Disease Control Director Chang Feng-yee (張峰義) added that it is no longer surprising to have new confirmed cases of rabies infection in ferret-badgers, stressing that the increase in the number of infected ferret-badgers was “foreseeable.”
“What is high on the agenda is to have people protected from rabies infection by limiting contact with the ferret-badgers. We ask the public to have absolutely no contact whatsoever with the animal,” he said.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s