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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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Rabies control strategy
Chapter 5: Operational Partners / Working with Others

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Chapter 5: Operational Partners / Working with Others

5.1 This chapter outlines other operational partners, agencies, government departments (Scottish and UK level) that play an essential role in the management of disease control if rabies is suspected or identified. Some of the individuals and principle organisations involved in the response to an outbreak of rabies are broadly the same as for those identified in the ‘Scottish Government’s Exotic Animal Disease Contingency Framework Plan’. Any differences in the individuals or principle organisations involved in the response to a rabies outbreak from those detailed in the ‘Scottish Government’s Exotic Animal Disease Contingency Framework Plan’ are detailed in this section.

Operational Partners

A) Animal and Plant Health Agency ( APHA)

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework: none

B) Local Authorities ( LA)

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • Control of stray or uncontrolled animals
  • Establishing temporary pounds to detain stray animals
  • Notify the public of arrangements for the detention of animals and how their owners may claim seized animals.

C) NHS Consultant in Public Health Medicine ( CPH(M) for Communicable Disease and Environmental Health

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • CPH(M) will be invited to be a member of the DSG and LDCC management team to provide any necessary public health input / advice given the major risk that rabies poses to human health
  • CPH(M) is responsible for leading the local public health response to known or strongly suspected cases of human rabies or animal rabies with known or suspected human contact
  • All doctors must be aware that they must call the relevant CPH(M) immediately on suspicion of rabies in one of their patients. Rabies is a notifiable disease under the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. Under these circumstances the CPH(M) will assemble an incident control team. This team will include Scottish Government Veterinary Team ( SGVT) and APHA.

D) Health Protection Scotland ( HPS)

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies: None

Additional background information – Rabies falls under the remit of the following HPS Section:

  • Gastrointestinal and Zoonoses, Travel, and Environmental Public Health.

E) Police Scotland

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • Given nature of operational response to Rabies and zoonotic aspects it would be likely that Police Scotland would have wider involvement at Operational, Tactical and Strategic levels, e.g.

Access issues to domestic dwellings
Potential urban nature of response
Potential movement restrictions on pet animals
Issues dealing with dangerous animals
Public safety issues.

F) Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA)

Role: as per Framework Plan

Responsibilities additional to framework and specific to rabies:

  • Provision of expertise in handling animals
  • Provision of equipment used to handle animals.

G) Scottish Natural Heritage

Role: wildlife control if required

Responsibilities (if powers invoked):

  • control of feral cats
  • control of badgers
  • advisory role to SG with regards to the licensing of certain species to be controlled.

H) Forestry Commission Scotland

Role: wildlife control if required

Responsibilities (if powers invoked):

  • Provision of personnel to assist with the control of wildlife.

I) FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency)

Role: wildlife control

Responsibilities:

  • manufacture and distribution of both poison and vaccine baits for the control and vaccination of wildlife
  • undertake any fine-tuning, as required by SASA of the rabies wildlife control models, particularly in relation to the combined use of vaccine and poison baits.

J) Industry stakeholder group

GB Rabies Core Group

Role: To consider, give advice and, in conjunction with officials, develop policy recommendations in relation to Rabies.

Responsibilities during outbreak: Advising on issues surrounding the outbreak and its impact, enabling quick and evidence-based disease control measures and policy responses.

During an outbreak the group may be chaired by the Administration in which the initial outbreak occurred.

Core Group Membership

SECTOR ORGANISATION
Local Authority Enforcement of Animal Health Legislation National Animal Health and Welfare Panel
Companion Animals Companion Animal Welfare Council
Canine and Feline Sector Group
Companion Animal Sector Council
Bat Conservation and Welfare Bat Conservation Trust
Veterinary Profession British Small Animal Veterinary Association
British Veterinary Association
Public Health Issues (England) Public Health England
Public Health Issues (Scotland) Public Health Scotland
Public Health Issues (Wales) Public Health Wales

Contact

Email: Frances Hepburn Frances Hepburn

Telephone: Central Enquiries Unit 0300 244 4000