Ursula Kayali: Die Hundetollwut in N'Djaména, Tschad: Epidemiologie und Bekämpfung

DVM Thesis, University of Berne, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, co-supervised by PD Dr Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss Tropical Institute (2002)

The study analyses rabies in dogs in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad: a diagnostic laboratory for rabies was established, and then a study of the incidence of rabies in dogs and a demographical study of the dog population of N’Djamena were conducted. Finally a pilot vaccination campaign was carried on. Though rabies in dogs is endemic, no study had been conducted before. The study shows that transmission occurs mainly through dogs with owner. Treatment and vaccine are not easily accessible for local population, due to supply shortages and elevate prices. However, it would be possible to conduct a successful parental vaccination campaign among the dog population: dog owners are collaborative and dogs without owner are rather rare in N’Djamena. Thus, the best way to reduce human rabies is through regular parental vaccination campaigns in dogs.