-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- A newly published case
history highlights the importance of rabies vaccinations for pets
and animal shelter workers.
The report details a situation involving a stray dog found in
rural Minnesota and taken to a North Dakota animal shelter in March
2010. When it was later learned that the dog had rabies, public
health officials began an investigation using animal shelter
records and a public notification to identify people and animals
who may have had contact with the rabid dog.
As a result, post-exposure rabies vaccine was given to 21
people, including nine animal shelter workers and one volunteer.
Because of potential contact with the rabid dog, 36 dogs were
euthanized, including some that had been housed with the rabid
animal and others that might have been exposed and were not
up-to-date on their rabies shots.
As of December 2010, there had been no reported cases of rabies
in any of the humans or dogs included in the investigation.
Rabies is a fatal disease. Animal shelter workers who may come
into contact with rabid animals should consider receiving rabies
vaccination before starting their duties, the report authors
In addition, the case report, which appears in the Jan. 7 issue
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emphasizes the importance of giving domestic animals routine rabies vaccinations.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlines how people can
protect themselves from rabies.
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