U.S K9 Rabies Free - for Now
Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the U.S. to be canine-rabies free. But they say imported strays could affect that status.
It's taken years of rigorous work, including the vaccination and licensing of all dogs, to get rid of rabies.
But the CDC says for now there's not a known case of the deadly disease in the U.S. - in dogs, that is.
Reports from the state Department of Health in 2004 indicate that dogs brought in from outside American borders were be infected with the disease.
And even though the incidences were isolated, it shows that rabies could make its way here, again.
Groups like the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) of Los Angeles help police US-Mexico border, checking imported dogs for signs of rabies.
But they can't hope to catch every case – and some feel it's only a matter of time before it's too late.
PetPulse recently reported on stray dogs from Puerto Rico being brought to the U.S. - and that's not the only place foreign strays are coming from. Is the risk to America's canine population worth risking?
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