Clin Exp Vaccine Res.  2019 Jul;8(2):132-135. 10.7774/cevr.2019.8.2.132.

Rabies immune status of raccoon dogs residing in areas where rabies bait vaccine has been distributed

  • 1Viral Disease Research Division, Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Gimcheon, Korea.
  • 2College of Veterinary Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.


Since 2000, large amounts of rabies bait vaccine have been distributed in two provinces where raccoon dog-mediated rabies has occurred. A total of 146 raccoon dogs were caught in Gangwon and Gyeonggi Provinces from January 2017 to June 2018, and raccoon dog blood samples were collected. Of the 146 raccoon dogs, 13.7% (20/146) had rabies antibodies. In Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, the rate of rabies antibody was 8.5% (5/59) and 17.2% (15/87), respectively. Considering these results, it would be desirable to improve the distribution method or use a new bait vaccine to prevent animal rabies in South Korea.


Rabies; Immune status; Raccoon dogs

MeSH Terms

Raccoon Dogs*


  • Fig. 1 Amount of rabies bait vaccine distributed since 2000 in Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces. Data on the annual dose of bait vaccine were collected from the Planning and Implementation of Livestock Prevention Project issued by the Korean government.


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