HEALTHBEAT Rabies: a scary foe
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A mild winter and spring have led to a spike in rabies cases in North Dakota. State officials are urging pet and livestock owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated against the deadly virus. There have been 40 confirmed rabies cases so far this year — double the 20 cases in all of 2011.
A rabies incident last March at Grand Forks’ Circle of Friends Humane Society highlighted the risk faced by animal shelter employees across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report distributed this week.
At the very minimum, we should find comfort in the fact that the 26 unfortunate souls caught in the system passed peacefully. That’s because Grand Forks is incredibly fortunate not to have a “gassing chamber” or to use “heart stick” procedures as many shelters do.
Circle of Friends Humane Society director says staff is working to move on after rabies incident. Arlette Moen says she and her staff are back to familiar routines: feeding, grooming and doctoring the stray, the abandoned, the unwanted, and trying to find the animals new homes.
Shelter euthanizes 26 dogs after rabies exposure More than two dozen dogs were euthanized last week as a precautionary response after a stray dog brought to Grand Forks’ Circle of Friends Humane Society tested positive for rabies, the facility’s executive director said Monday.
More than 20 dogs likely will be euthanized this week, and about 15 people have been re-ferred to their physician after a rabid dog was brought to Grand Forks’ Circle of Friends Humane Society, officials said Monday.
Rod Gigstad: ‘We vaccinate dogs and cats so more people don’t die of rabies’ Many people are calling animal experts with questions about rabies after a stray dog brought into the Circle of Friends Humane Society tested positive for the usually fatal virus, a local veterinarian said Monday.
Circle of Friends and the state Board of Animal Health have had to make tough decisions under intense time pressure in recent days. But like Travis in the movie "Old Yeller," they’ve behaved responsibly and well.
Circle of Friends executive director says it's the first such case in her 16 years with the Grand Forks animal shelter. The North Dakota Department of Health is asking anyone who may have been bitten by or exposed to the dogs’ saliva March 15-20 to call them at (800) 472-2180 or contact the Grand Forks Public Health Department at (701) 787-8100.
Two dogs have been euthanized at Grand Forks' Circle of Friends Humane Society after one of the dogs tested positive for rabies, officials said Wednesday. Officials also are asking people who may have come into contact with the animals between March 15 to March 20 to call the Grand Forks Public Health Department at (701) 787-8100.
The sheriff in Polk County, east of Tampa, says Gretchen Whitted fell when five raccoons surrounded and attacked her Sunday. She was taken to a hospital with extensive cuts from her neck to her legs. "We're not talking about a lot of little bites here," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "She was filleted."
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