HC Deb 26 October 1899 vol 77 cc736-7
MR. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether hydrophobia is now extinct in Great Britain.


I can scarcely as yet take it upon myself to say that rabies in dogs—to which I understand my hon. friend to refer—is now extinct in Great Britain, but except in the district of South Wales, to which the Muzzling Orders still apply, we have no knowledge of the occurrence of any case of the disease since the 24th March last. We have therefore good reason to hope that our operations against the disease have succeeded, but much will depend upon the support we receive in the enforcement of the measures taken to prevent its re-introduction from Ireland and from abroad.