Evaluation of dog vaccination schemes against rabies in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Last updated on 11-5-2022 by Steven Van Gucht

Peer reviewed scientific article




The traditional rabies control strategy based on annual mass vaccination of dogs appears to be costly and cumbersome. Given the existence of different risk zones for rabies transmission, the present study aimed at proposing risk-based vaccination schemes by considering canine population dynamics as well as vaccine efficacy and duration of immunity (DOI). The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC), Kinshasa, was chosen as study site. The turnover rate of dogs was used to assess their population dynamics in two low-roaming (<25 % of dogs are roaming) and in two high-roaming …

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