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Journal of Probiotics & Health
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Research Article

The Landscape and Demographic Features Associated with Ferret Badger Rabies in Taiwan East Area

Tai-Hwa Shih1, Jeng-Tung Chiang2, Hung-Yi Wu3, Wen-Jane Tu4, Cheng-Ta Tsai1, Shih-Chiang Kuo1 and Chang-Young Fei5*

1Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), Council of Agriculture, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC)

2Department of Statistics, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

3College of Veterinary Medicine, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, ROC

4Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI), Council of Agriculture, Tamsui, Taiwan, ROC

5School of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

*Corresponding Author:
Chang-Young Fei
School of Veterinary Medicine
National Taiwan University, Taipei
Taiwan, Republic of China
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Received Date: June 03, 2017 Accepted Date: June 09, 2017 Published Date: June 16, 2017

Citation: Shih TH, Chiang JT, Wu HY, Tu WJ, Tsai CT, et al. (2017) The Landscape and Demographic Features Associated with Ferret Badger Rabies in Taiwan East Area. J Prob Health 5: 178. doi: 10.4172/2329-8901.1000178

Copyright: © 2017 Shih TH, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



This study evaluated landscape characteristics associated with the incidence of ferret badger (Melogale moschata) rabies in the East Epidemic Area, Taiwan, where the disease has been endemic from 2013 till date. This study included 268 cases of ferret badger rabies reported from 59 townships during 2013-2016. A multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that for townships with elevation between 0 and 200 m, or between 201 and 600 m, the estimated probability of the incidence of ferret badger rabies for each township increases with the rise of forest area. For townships with elevation higher than 600 m, the association is negative, a fact reflected by the interaction effect between variables of forest and elevation fitted in the model. This model provided by the combination of different land use types, human population density and elevation measures of townships, may be used in estimating the incidence probability of prioritizing areas for ferret badger rabies control on oral vaccination.


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