Donetsk, Sep 20 – DAN. Over 62 thousand domestic cats and dogs in DPR have been given anti-rabies shots, the head veterinary physician Vitaliy Saveliyev said.

"We have successfully vaccinated 62 thousand pets - cats and dogs – to prevent rabies spike."

The vaccine is given free of charge in Donetsk veterinary clinics. Saveliyev added that the Republic has a sufficient number of shots in reserve - about 92 thousand.

"Beyond, we have received vaccine from Russia for wild predators, we put it into meat baits to attract foxes."

Rabies (or lyssa, or hydrophobia) is a viral disease, causing inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Rabies may spread through bites and exposure to saliva; the virus then spreads towards the central nervous system, slight or partial paralysis, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, and hallucinations, progressing to delirium, and coma. The World Health Organization reports 55 thousand people dying of rabies annually. *ot