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Farming - rabies and the importation of animals

There are strict conditions that must be followed when animals are moved from other countries into Great Britain.

Rabies is an invariably fatal disease to which all mammals are potentially susceptible, including humans, if no treatment is received. The characteristics of the disease vary greatly. Incubation of the infection after exposure is often prolonged and variable, causing problems both in predicting disease spread and in proving disease freedom.

The British Isles (UK and the Republic of Ireland) have been rabies free since the disease was eradicated in 1922 but rabies is still present in many other countries across the world.

For details about rabies, pet passports and quarantine visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

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