Taming the beast: rabies control in the cradle of mankind

Geospat Health. 2013 May;7(2):409-11. doi: 10.4081/gh.2013.98.


Between 2006 and 2012, a rabies control programme has been conducted in the area of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Spatial data obtained for this project were analysed with the aim of assessing the importance of dog home ranges with the view of possible overlapping between dog populations from adjacent localities. In contrast to our expectation of the maximum home ranges of dogs in the harsh semi-desert environment, the results provided by geographical information system (GIS) analysis showed that in 14 out of 16 localities considered for the study, the dog populations were fully isolated from each other. The data obtained should be helpful for designing rabies control strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Dog Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Dogs
  • Environment
  • Kenya / epidemiology
  • Rabies / veterinary*
  • Spatial Analysis*