DIMAPUR: Nagaland state observed ‘World Veterinary Day’ 2011 under the theme ‘Rabies’ at Bookmarc conference hall Dimapur where members of Nagaland State Veterinary Council (NSVC) and other special invitees attended the function
Delivering the key note address, Dr. M. Timothy Lotha, member NSVC said rabies, derived from a Latin word, is a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis in warm-blooded animals and was discovered 400 years ago, stated an official bulletin.
Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system, usually fatal and transmitted through saliva from the bite of an infected animal, thus causing convulsion, paralysis and fear of water. He highlighted rabies is a human inheritance or is transmitted from animals to human being through micro organisms as we share the some environment.
Delivering a talk on ‘Control of Meat Borne Diseases in Nagaland’ Dr. Simon Ao said meat borne diseases are caused by ingestion of food contaminated by either viruses, bacteria or parasites, organism and multiply to cause the disease. Ingested bacteria releases toxin, while endogenous animal infection transmits to man by meat and other systematic diseases and chemical origin, he added.
On the context of Nagaland, he said preventing contamination of meat at various stages of processing and wholesome or hygienic meat production could be achieved when responsibility is shared among the involved and concerned.
Epidemiology of rabies and its prevention and control in the state was delivered by Dr. Amenla Thenuo and status of rabies in human population in Nagaland and India by Dr. Bano Zetsuvi.
Dr. L Shikikhe Sumi president NSVC delivered the welcome address.
Meanwhile, the best veterinarian award 2011 was bagged by Dr. M. Timothy Lotha.