Revised rabies control strategy for Great Britain

17 July 2018

Article: 52/2803

A revised ‘Rabies Control Strategy for Great Britain’ has been published. Protecting the environment, society and the economy from the risks of animal disease is a priority for government and this document sets out the framework for how an outbreak of rabies in Great Britain would be managed. It covers general control principles for the most likely scenarios for cases of classical rabies virus and the rationale for such controls.

This strategy is intended to support all parties affected during an outbreak of rabies so they are better placed to respond quickly and effectively to control the outbreak and protect public health, regain disease-free status as quickly as possible and minimise the wider impact on the public and the natural environment.