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Thu, Oct 25 | By Matt Van Hoven | 287

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… more ›

U.S K9 Rabies Free - for Now
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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
5 years ago

That's amazing. Let's keep it up.

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Buckking
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Buckking
5 years ago

Rabies is a very serious and deadly disease, I hope they keep up all the precautions

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

Rabies is one scary disease and anything that can be done to prevent it is for the good of our society.

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Jeff K.
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Jeff K.
5 years ago

They can't even control the illegal people crossing the border how the heck are they going to check the dogs crossing the border?

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

I'm sure that the CDC stays on top of stuff like rabies just because how devestating it can be to the animal population and treatment for humans is pretty awful. Hopefully, we've been able to keep the potential for another outbreak under control in the past year or year and a half.

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Cyan H.
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Cyan H.
5 years ago

Great news!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

There are rabid wild animals in my area (racoons) and last year there were some rabid kittens.

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

Sounds like an impossible feat (like trying to control cat population) with so many petowners who are not fit to be petowners

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

I think we need to be careful & not think that it can't happen again.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Dogs from outside the US do not pose anymore threat than the racoons, skunks, coyotes, fox, bats etc. that are a home grown pool for rabies. The only way to stop keep free of rabies is to keep up vaccinations. Actually there was some concern about that locally this year. One dog was exposed and was not up to date on his shots. I kind of think there was one that had it too which would make this annoucement premature but I don't have a way to check that info.

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EddieP
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EddieP
6 years ago

With all the stray dogs that are roaming the streets, I dont think statement can be true.

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Tobias W.
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Tobias W.
6 years ago

There is no way that US dogs are all 'rabies free.' I'm sorry, but I just don't buy it.

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

Wonder how long we will be rabies free??

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

This shows that if we continue to responsibly vaccinate our pets, other common diseases can also be eradicated or at least keep from being as common a problem as they are now.

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Sandeecbell
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Sandeecbell
6 years ago

If it does come back around, I wouldn't be blaming the dogs from other places. It would most likely be a dog being bitten by a rabid skunk, or racoon.

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

The dogs need checked and vaccinated before entering the country.

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Gene M.
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Gene M.
6 years ago

Any dog coming in should be vet checked. But since our borders are open, I doubt that would work. I guess we need to keep our dogs vetted.

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Theresa
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Theresa
6 years ago

This is a pretty narrow minded statement.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

there are too many stray dogs to be certain of all of this

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Really? I don't believe this disease is eradicated.

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

I cannot believe the CDC would make such a statement. Unlicensed dogs run around all over. The statement gives a false sense of security. I would like to see the stats they used to arrive at this conclusion.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

I think the border patrols are good. It is not worth risking Ameica's dogs to rabies after the US has it under control

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

So what about the story about the puppy sold at a flea market who had rabies??

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Betty B.
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Betty B.
6 years ago

Isn't this lovely? Not only do the illegal aliens bring us a whole multitude of national issues that will bring this country to its' knees but they bring in their animals who probably have no controls in place, no rabies vaccines mandated, etc. This is disgusting!

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

there is plenty of dogs here already, why are they bring strays here from other countries?

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

sounds like all their efforts are paying off. i do think it's just a matter of time before it leaks back into the population of pets just because so many animals in the wild have it and can infect the pet population.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

Thank you for trying to keep rabies out of the US.

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LadySephiroth
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LadySephiroth
6 years ago

The key words in this are "for now". It won't stay that way forever, unfortunately..

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dana R.
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dana R.
6 years ago

I wouldn't hold my breath. There are tons of irresponsible owners out there who still don't get their pets vaccinated against rabies. We have a lot of rabies cases around here, most of which involve wildlife and cats.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Positive things can happen when regulations are written and most importantly, people follow them. A win for all pet owners.

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Lisa
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Lisa
6 years ago

I know it has taken a lot of work to get to this point. We live in an area where rabies is a problem, because of wild animals. Let's hope we can make this kind of progress on other canine & feline diseases.

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Janicevarley
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Janicevarley
6 years ago

I think it's a step in the right direction. Quarantine and proof of vaccination is the way to go to keep it from getting crazy. With the right plan in place (whatever the researchers may deem that to be), I say why not import dogs? I would be devastated if I couldn't take my girl with me on an international move.

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

Obviously some government regulations work when implemented intellegently. Regulations need to be set for imported dogs just like other countries do.

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George P.
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George P.
6 years ago

Good news for the US. Just keep import dogs out.

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betty p.
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betty p.
6 years ago

Don't see why we need to import stray dogs from Pueto Rico when the US puts down enough without adding to it.

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Jessica R.
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Jessica R.
6 years ago

hope it continues

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

That is fantastic!!! But on the imported dog side--we can not even keep human illegal aliens out,how do we expect to make sure all the pets coming in are vaccinated?Get real people.

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Ed D.
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Ed D.
6 years ago

Just the canine form of rabies has been wiped out. It's a great victory, actually - an important story in the history of communicable diseases. But yes, vaccinations and quarantines are still needed. The phrasing "it's only a matter of time before it's too late" is stupid. Even when - not if - it comes back in, it will be easy to control so long as pets keep getting vaccinated.

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Ezekiel H.
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Ezekiel H.
6 years ago

This may be good news. But, it must be remembered how important the vaccinations are to keeping us all safe.

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PackLeader1
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PackLeader1
6 years ago

This is good news. I have seen families take the shots when there dog contracted rabies from a wild animal. Hard lesson to learn. Vaccinate your pets.

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Gracie88
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Gracie88
6 years ago

Good news....how's the cat rabies coming along...?

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Bob C.
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Bob C.
6 years ago

that is good news. Maybe China should try our solution of vacinating. Only about 3% of dogs in China are vacinated against rabies. When rabies break out they kill thousands of dogs. Remeber this when buying something from China. Then dont buy it

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Rlhime
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Rlhime
6 years ago

All I can say is keep working towards being rabies free but there will always be wild animals that have it. So the best option is just make sure every pet is vaccinated.

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Ourstaff
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Ourstaff
6 years ago

I don't think that this will be a huge problem if the dogs are brought in legally. If they are being brought in by rescue groups the dogs should be checked before being offered for adoption so infected dogs wouldn't spread the disease.

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

I did not know this and it is very good news!! It has taken loads of work which has paid off. Lets hope imported dogs don't make us take a step backwards.

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Kim W.
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Kim W.
6 years ago

I hope that all dogs can be rabies free and it stays that way!

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Charlotte C.
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Charlotte C.
6 years ago

Even though there isn't canine rabies here it can obviously come from anywhere. It's common in rabbits or squirels or other rodents running around. Not everyone gets their animals vaccinated.

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CORIU
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CORIU
6 years ago

That's great that the problem is under control

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Nurse4u92
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Nurse4u92
6 years ago

That's domestic dogs.What about the strays that may mate with wolves ?

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Lois
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Lois
6 years ago

It is great that at the present that CDC does not know of any cases of rabies in the U.S. in dogs. We must continue the work of requiring vaccination since their are dogs being brought in from other countries that could carry rabies. Also wild animals can carry rabies so our dogs need protection from them. Fortunately there is a three year vaccine available now.

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