Brussels, 6 September 2004
At least eight people who had contact with the rabid dog found in South-West France in August (see IP/04/1050) are still being urgently sought by the French authorities. Some of these people seem to have been tourists from other EU countries (Netherlands, Spain) who might have since returned to their home countries but could also still be travelling. The owners of a number of dogs that had contact with the rabid animal are also being sought. Details of the people and animals being looked for are given below. All are at risk if they were bitten, licked or scratched by the infected dog. Rabies is fatal if not treated in time.
David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection said: “I urge that this information is spread to a maximum. Some people are at risk of dying and we should put all our efforts into saving their lives”.
The infected dog, a young female pup that had been illegally imported into France, was confirmed as having rabies on 26 August. Between 2 and 21 August the dog is known to have had numerous contacts with people and animals in South West France. Some 300 people, all French, have so far contacted the authorities and 47 of these have been referred for anti-rabies treatment. Several people known to have had contact with the dog are still being sought. Europe-wide alerts have been issued using the EU’s Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) for infectious disease.
Details of the 8 people being looked for
Details of the dogs that had contact with the rabid animal
The above people, and the owners of the animals mentioned above, are urged to contact the Préfecture of Gironde on (+33) (0)5 56 90 6000. Anyone else who thinks they may have had contact with the infected dog should also contact the above number. Alternatively one can seek the advice of a nearby doctor or/and veterinarian.
Detailed information in English about this case of rabies is available at:
Detailed information in French about this case of rabies is available at:
For further information about the EU’s Early Warning System see: