BANGKOK, Aug 8 (NNN-Bernama) - The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is on alert against pet rabies after members of a family were bitten by a pet rabbit infected with the virus, Thai News Agency reported.
Deputy Bangkok governor Dr. Malinee Sukavejworakit advised pet stores to have their animals vaccinated for free at 68 veterinarian and public health service offices across the city.
The move aims to create understanding and awareness among pet sellers on their safety and running a rabies-free trade.
Malinee on Tuesday visited pet shops at the Chatuchak Plaza shopping centre in the capital with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives' Department of Livestock Development.
According to Malinee, Thailand's Animal Epidemics Act B.E.2499 and B.E.2542 will be revised within three months to include rabbits and other warm blooded animals into enforcement of laws pertaining to common animal carriers of rabies.