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Today (09/28) is World Rabies Day

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  • Marsha
    World Rabies Day is an annual event every September 28, to promote rabies awareness. Every year 55,000 humans die of rabies around the world, which still has
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      World Rabies Day is an annual event every September 28, to promote
      rabies awareness. Every year 55,000 humans die of rabies around the
      world, which still has a nearly 100% fatality rate. Rabies in humans is
      extremely rare in the United States due to massive numbers of pets being
      vaccinated (usually required by law for dogs). Exotic animals such as
      big cats, are far more likely to die due to rabies LAWS than rabies
      itself. If a captive exotic feline bites a human, the law may require
      the cat to be put down in order for its brain tissue to be tested for
      the virus, regardless of whether it has been vaccinated. This is
      because no rabies vaccine is officially approved for use in big cats.
      Vaccines are used "off label" in big cats, and *must* be killed virus
      rather than modified live virus vaccines. The vaccines confer
      protection against rabies, but not LEGAL protection.

      Things you can do to protect your exotic cats:

      - get them vaccinated (killed virus only, MLV vaccines may actually
      cause clinical disease in exotics)
      - get yourself vaccinated (expensive and sometimes availability is
      limited. Insurance sometimes may cover.)
      - require anyone who may come into contact with your felines to be
      vaccinated
      - control potential rabies vectors on your property: bats, raccoons,
      foxes, skunks mainly
      - vaccinate domestic animals on your property, including livestock
      - participate in building a rabies titer database, see link below:

      http://felineconservation.org/legislative_information/rabies_titer_testing.htm


      Marsha
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