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Publication - Guidance

Rabies control strategy

Published: 17 Oct 2017

For use in the event of an outbreak of rabies. Information about the disease and what would happen in response to an outbreak.

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Contents
Rabies control strategy
Chapter 4: Roles and Responsibilities of Key Individuals

45 page PDF

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Chapter 4: Roles and Responsibilities of Key Individuals

Introduction to roles and responsibilities

4.1 The responsibility for execution and enforcement of the various provisions of the Rabies (Control) Order 1974 lies with the Scottish Government, APHA and LAs. This chapter sets out the roles and responsibilities of individuals or organisations that play a part in the control process should either a suspected or confirmed outbreak of rabies occur in Scotland. Detailed descriptions for each of the roles and responsibilities of the individuals or organisations involved in an exotic animal disease outbreak are described in the Scottish Government Diseases of Animal Contingency Framework. Where there are differences in roles of these individuals or organisations when dealing with an outbreak of rabies they are described below.

Strategic

A) Minister (Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity)

Role: as per ‘Scottish Government Exotic Diseases of Animals Contingency Framework Plan’.

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

B) Director for Agriculture and Rural Economy

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

C) Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland ( CVO(S))

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

D) Head of the SG’s Exotic Disease Branch

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

E) SGRPID Senior Wildlife Biologist SASA

Role: expert on rabies in wildlife

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • to provide expert scientific advice to the DSG and Scottish Ministers should rabies spread to wildlife.

F) SG’s Directorate for Population Health Improvement/ Chief Medical Officer Scotland ( CMO(S))

Role: expert on public health implications

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • to provide clear and unambiguous advice on the human health implications of a rabies outbreak.
  • to provide strategic guidance and advice on prophylaxis and treatment where necessary.

G) APHA Agency Chief Executive

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

H) Senior Local Authority representative

This will be a senior representative of the affected local authority – if more than one local authority is affected the Regional Resilience Partnership ( RRP) will nominate a representative.

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: agreeing commitment of resources to assist in implementing the controls decided by DSG in the Infected Area such as behaviour restrictions (e.g. muzzling, leashing), oversight of the destruction and detention of dogs, enforcement of movement restrictions of pet animals either at owners’ premises or controlling the movement of pets in and out of an Infected Area, controlling of stray animals, assisting in important public communication messages.

I) Health Protection Scotland

Role: as per Framework Plan

A) Consultant in Public Health Medicine ( CPH(M)) and HPS

Role: to provide any necessary public health input/ advice.

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • the local NHS Board Consultant in Public Health Medicine ( CPH(M)) will be invited to provide a member for the LDCC management team
  • responsible for health screening of LDCC staff although this situation is under review.

B) SG’s Rural Payments and Inspections Division ( RPID) Field Staff

Role: support to APHA Operational Response.

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • Wildlife control operations – to include
    - laying, monitoring and uplift of baits
    - uplift fox carcasses.

C) Scottish Government’s Press Officer (Operational)

Role: as per Framework Plan and Communications Strategy

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None


Contact

Email: Frances Hepburn Frances Hepburn

Telephone: Central Enquiries Unit 0300 244 4000