The British Isles have been free from classical rabies for a number of years but because of the existence of the disease elsewhere there are concerns about rabies being reintroduced by imported animals. All rabies susceptible animals entering the UK are required to spend six months in quarantine unless they arrive under and comply with all the conditions of the Pet Travel Scheme.
The Borough's Animal Health Officer holds a copy of the Rabies Contingency Plan. This would be deployed in the event of an outbreak of the disease. The spread of the disease from animal to humans would be controlled jointly by the Local Authority, DEFRA and the Department of Health.
More information and useful links
DEFRA provide information on rabies prevention in the UK including quarantine, the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and information on the controls in the event of a rabies outbreak.
The Department of Health provides current information on rabies, click on the links on the right.