Collins GK Atuheire1*, Martha Taremwa1, Kelvin Bwambale1, James Okwee-Acai2, Clovice Kankya1, Odoch Terence1, Sarah N Ssali3, Frank N Mwiine4 and Morten Tryland5
1Department of Biosecurity, Ecosystems and Veterinary Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
2Department of Veterinary Pharmacy, Clinical and Comparative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
3School of Women and Gender Studies, College of Humanities, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
4Department of Biomolecular Resources and Biloab Sciences College of Vertinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
5Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
*Corresponding Author: Collins GK Atuheire, Department of Biosecurity, Ecosystems and Veterinary Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Received: February 27, 2023; Published: March 10, 2023
Background: Rabies is responsible for annual 60,000 deaths globally and its nidality is largely in the Sub-saharan Africa. In Uganda, rabies is threatening due to large vegetation cover that facilitates as a hide out for stray dogs. Geo-climatic seasonal variation of rabies could be playing a big role in rabies endemicity in Uganda.
Aim: To determine the correlation between, dog bites, rabies mortality cases and climate change in Uganda
Methods: Review of data records from Climate Change Knowledge Portal by World Bank Group and Data records from Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries were retrieved for climate (last 30 years) and rabies data (last 5 years) respectively. Descriptive analysis using line and radar graphs in excel 2013 employed. T-test for pairwise correlation was carried out using Stata 16.0.
Results: Dog bites and Rabies mortality were bimodal in the rainfall Months of March, April, May (MAM) and months of September, October, November (SON). In Uganda Rabies deaths were more in 2017 and 2019. Dog bites were negatively correlated with temperature.
Conclusion: Rabies mortality cases and dog bites correlate positively with precipitation. The health authorities in Uganda should prioritize prevention strategies during rainy season.
Citation: Collins GK Atuheire., et al. “Variation of Rabies Incidence with Rainfall Pattern in Uganda: Neglected Implication of Climate Change on Rabies Risk”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 7.4 (2023): 68-72.
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