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    The French Government, alarmed by the increasing number of cases of the killer disease, Rabies, has launched an all out do g vaccination campaign throughout France.

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    The French Government, alarmed by the increasing number of cases of the killer disease, Rabies, has launched an all out do g vaccination campaign throughout France.

    To carry out the job it has anointed a 2000 strong task force of police, agricultural workers an volunteers under the control of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Agriculture.

    Hydrophobia - or commonly called Rabies - has been a disease that has terrified human society for more than 4000 years. It has bene established that the main carrier of the disease is the fox. But it is the dog that seems to contract it the most.

    Describing the symptoms, Dr. Louis Andra of the anti-rabies center in Nancy said that to see a dog in the throes of the disease could be one of the most terrifying sights in the world. The disease hits the nervous system and the pain is excruciating, he said. Cuddly cats or dogs suddenly become insanely ferocious and want to bite, tear and kill.

    If a man i bitten by a rabid dog he can also contract the disease and die a violent and painful death.

    The current outbreak first hit France in 1968 and by last summer had spread throughout most of the country. Late last year it seemed that the scourge had bene halted but recent reports indicate that it is again breaking out particularly in rural areas.

    Centers to fight the disease have ben set up at strategic points throughout France and five doctors at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris have come up with a new vaccine which they way is 30,000 times stronger than the previous one.

    Special "death squads" are also touring the country poisoning, gassing and shooting foxes.

    So far nearly 150,000 of them have been killed in a bid to stamp out La Rage, as the French cal Rabies.

    People too are being urged to have anti-rabies injection as a precaution, although in recent years there have bene no reports of humans contracting the disease.

    So far the disease has not infiltrated across the English channel and the British government has imposed heavy fines on people illegally bringing pets into Britain.

    SYNOPSIS: Healthy dogs like these are the target for a dog vaccination campaign launched recently by the French government. Alarmed by the increasing number of cases of hydrophobia - or rabies - the government has appointed a 2000 strong task force of police, agricultural workers and volunteers t implement their plans to eradicate the disease.

    Although most of the reported cases of rabies have been in rural areas authorities fear that unless proper precautions are taken the dreaded disease could spread to dogs in the streets of Paris. The current outbreak hit France in 1968 and since then has continued to spread.

    People are being encouraged to take their pets veterinary surgeons for anti-rabies injections. The owners have also ben requested to have injections.

    The vaccine being sued to inoculate dogs with is one formulated by five doctors form the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris. They say it is 30,000 times stronger than the previous one used.

    It's been established that the fox is the major carrier of rabies, and thousands have been killed in a bid to stamp out the disease.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5J33SCSZW6JZE5D0ZPUFHR2SX
    Media URN:
    VLVA5J33SCSZW6JZE5D0ZPUFHR2SX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
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    N/A

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