William G Winkler
1990 Vol.6 NO.1
Rabies is not known to occur in Taiwan. However because it is closely associated with nearby areas that have endemic rabies (Indonesia, Mainland China, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.) including some of the highest infection rates in the world, often with increasing prevalence rates, and because these is extensive legal and illicit trade between Taiwan and these infected areas, the likelihood is high and is increasing that rabies with be introduced to Taiwan. Unless health officials including clinicians and public health workers, and agricultural personnel are aware of the rabies of introduction, and are able to make rapid diagnosis, and take effective measures to contain and elimnate the disease, there is a high probability that the disease will become established in Taiwan as a new and costly problem having an adverse effect on human health, agricultural output, and tourism.