HONG KONG, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government will hold an exhibition on rabies prevention, aiming to raise public awareness and understanding of the topic, it said here Friday.
The two-day exhibition starting on Saturday is also in support of the coming annual World Rabies Day, which is Sept. 28, according to the AFCD.
Hong Kong has a good track record in rabies control and has been rabies-free for many years, an AFCD spokesman said, adding maintenance of the rabies-free status hinges on the effective rabies regulatory regime and cooperation from the public.
"Although the last animal rabies case in Hong Kong was reported in 1987, we should stay vigilant and take the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the disease," the spokesman said.
A comprehensive anti-rabies program has been implemented by the AFCD, with vaccination as the key measure, the AFCD said.
Currently, about 180,000 dogs with valid licences are vaccinated in Hong Kong, according to the AFCD.