KEEP SINGAPORE RABIES-FREE

Singapore has been rabies-free since 1953 – an impressive achievement given that thousands of dogs and cats enter the country each year. But that’s no reason to let our guard down, especially since rabies is endemic in our neighbouring countries. You can also join the good fight – find out what rabies is, how to identify it and how we can continue to keep our Singapore rabies-free!

Get the Facts Right
about Rabies

  • A viral disease affecting the central nervous system
  • One of the deadliest diseases on earth, with a 99.9% death rate
  • Usually transmitted through saliva/scratch of infected mammal
  • Can be spread to humans

All mammals can be infected with rabies. However, dogs are responsible for most of the human cases of rabies worldwide.

The Warning Signs
of Rabies

If you suspect that an animal or pet has rabies, here’s what you should look out for:

  • Unsteady movement such as staggering or stumbling
  • Excessive drooling
  • Nervous or aggressive behaviour or any other abnormal behaviour

BUT none of these symptoms are definitive signs. Often, you can’t tell by looking.



How AVA Keeps Singapore
Rabies-free

AVA imposes strict import conditions and quarantine requirements on animal imports from rabies-affected countries such as:

  • Pre-export rabies vaccinations
  • Blood testing
  • Post-arrival quarantine

Countries are also categorised based on the inherent risks of rabies infection. To prevent illegal animal imports, we work closely with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore and Police Coast Guard to keep a lookout for animal smugglers. We also have in place a rabies contingency plan, which includes a ready stockpile of rabies vaccines, to deal with any potential outbreaks.

Do Your
Part!

  • Get your pet from legal and reputable sources. If you’re bringing in animals from overseas, you need to apply for an import permit from AVA.
  • Dog owners – It is compulsory for you to get a license and microchip for your pet. This way, they can be easily traced and identified for rabies control.
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