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Rabies found in animals near Tucson, AZ
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News reports are saying that cases of rabies have shown up near the small community of Amado, about 36 miles south of Tucson, Arizona.

A rabid skunk has died of rabies, two previously-vaccinated dogs are in quarantine, and two kittens of a young litter have died with it.  Several people are being vaccinated against it.

Most people have heard of rabies, but don't realize how deadly it can be.  Only 3 people have survived an active case of rabies in the U.S. -- EVER.

Rabies can be transmitted from any land mammal (wild or domestic), which includes skunks, raccoons, bats (the top three), squirrels, chipmunks, mice, rats, armadillos, nutria, coyotes, wolves, bears, rabbits, dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, goats, etc.  Some of them are less likely than others, but not impossible.  Even opossums can get and transmit it, despite being a marsupials, but it's not impossible.

For safety, please get your pets vaccinated.  If your rabies-vaccinated pet happens to bite someone (even if they deserved it), it will be put in quarantine and watched for symptoms.  If your pet isn't vaccinated, it will be euthanized and the brain checked.  This is not optional.

When your pet is vaccinated, put the certificate where you can find it. I laminate mine. Should you lose it, the responding authorities (cops) can call the vet clinic that did the vaccination and ask them to send a copy. If you had it done at one of group deals in a parking lot, you may be chit out of luck.

Stay away from overly friendly wild animals, and those which seem to have no fear of people, as both of those can be symptoms of active rabies.

If you are bitten by a wild animal, try to confine or kill it if you can. If you have to shoot it, try to avoid a head shot, as the brain and spinal cord are the parts checked for the virus. If it is a domestic animal, get the owner's name, address, vet clinic location and license plate(s), and call law enforcement. And keep in mind that no vaccine anywhere on this planet is guaranteed 100% effective.

And please don't assume anything regarding vaccinations. Just because they say the pet is vaccinated doesn't mean it's true. People lie about many things, and this is one of them.
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  • Wabbit (06-13-2019)
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P.S.  Wash the wound thoroughly ASAP with soap and water.  Don't use vinegar, USE SOAP AND WATER.
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Watch Old Yeller for a documentary on the subject.   Sad
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""Only 3 people have survived an active case of rabies in the U.S. ………………""

That's NOT accurate...……needs a qualifier.... something like...……….."Without the RABIES VACCINE being administered after exposure...…."

The Rabies Vaccine saves lives every year in the USA

I don't understand the fearmongering...….The "group parking lot deals" are real Veterinarians and staff offering a valuable service often with digital records that are very easy to keep and provide anywhere when necessary...…… I have a VET in the family....she has often provided the Pro Bono
care that makes these services possible...…….
"Two Cats and THE DOUG"

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Here's a link reporting on the rabid skunk.

https://www.gvnews.com/news/seven-amado-...d4c56.html

Here's another link discussing rabies statistics and stuff.

From the article...
"One to three Americans will die from rabies annually, with 59,000 deaths globally. For 98% of the world's rabies cases, dogs are the carriers of the virus, but canine variants of rabies have been eliminated from the United States since 2004 through the use of parenteral and oral rabies vaccines."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspecti...-threat-us


The heads up was a nice gesture, although your information was a bit off. If nothing else, maybe the info in the links will lessen the worry.

Edit: World Health Organization info...

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies
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(06-13-2019, 10:19 PM)Abnorm Wrote: ""Only 3 people have survived an active case of rabies in the U.S. ………………""

That's NOT accurate...……needs a qualifier.... something like...……….."Without the RABIES VACCINE being administered after exposure...…."

The Rabies Vaccine saves lives every year in the USA

I don't understand the fearmongering...….The "group parking lot deals" are real Veterinarians and staff offering a valuable service often with digital records that are very easy to keep and provide anywhere when necessary...…… I have a VET in the family....she has often provided the Pro Bono
care that makes these services possible...…….

ACTIVE CASE:  Showing symptoms before treatment begins.

I thought that getting the vaccine was an obvious no-brainer.  Sorry.

I've worked those parking lot deals for no pay with my employer vet -- they're valuable.  But when the pet owner is so dumb that they can't hold onto a certificate, and they're away from home, and can't remember who the vet was, please explain EXACTLY what they're supposed to do.
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""But when the pet owner is so dumb...…….""
OK.....ouch !......thank you for ID'ing me so accurately... but I find the digital record on my computer works just fine



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Wabbit-- 

From your link: "...canine variants of rabies have been eliminated from the United States since 2004".

I'm not sure what you think they are saying here.  All or most mammals have their own ''variant' of rabies.  If anyone is thinking that the elimination of a single variant completely eliminates that species from the rabies gene pool, it doesn't.

The current statistics say that 90% of the rabies disease (animals tested and found positive) comes from wild animals (mostly bats).  90%, not 100%.  In the U.S., there are about 60 to 70 dogs and more than 250 domestic-type cats tested and found positive for rabies every year.  Here in W. WA (not a hotbed of rabies), the director of the local Animal Control told me that about 10% of all bats tested show positive for rabies every year.

Rabies can be transmitted from one species to another, from a bat to a dog, from a bat to a human, from a bat to a dog to a human.

Also, there are many dogs (and even more cats) that have NEVER been vaccinated for rabies.  Some are abandoned, some are feral, some are owned by people who refuse to vaccinate, can't afford to vaccinate, or who don't believe in vaccinating. I'm sure you've seen the recent news articles regarding parents who don't believe in vaccinating their kids.  Do you think they vaccinate their pets?

My original intent in posting was to warn people about rabies.  It is always in the wildlife.  I know that many people don't know much about it, or parents wouldn't think it was so 'cute' to see their kids playing with wild animals.

Get your pets vaccinated and take care around unknown animals -- is that too much to absorb?
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(06-13-2019, 11:00 PM)Wabbit Wrote: Here's a link reporting on the rabid skunk.

https://www.gvnews.com/news/seven-amado-...d4c56.html

Here's another link discussing rabies statistics and stuff.

From the article...
"One to three Americans will die from rabies annually, with 59,000 deaths globally. For 98% of the world's rabies cases, dogs are the carriers of the virus, but canine variants of rabies have been eliminated from the United States since 2004 through the use of parenteral and oral rabies vaccines."

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspecti...-threat-us


The heads up was a nice gesture, although your information was a bit off. If nothing else, maybe the info in the links will lessen the worry.

Edit: World Health Organization info...

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/rabies

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Wow, I spent 6 weeks in Amado! That place always did make me uncomfortable .
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