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Questions about Ebola? Refer to AVMA resource

After a dog whose owner was a Spanish nurse (believed to be the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa) was euthanized, and the death of an American traveler who contracted the Ebola virus, myriad questions have been raised among veterinarians and the general public.

AVMA is collaborating with the CDC and other agencies to develop information for veterinary professionals and the pet-owning public. In the meantime, the association has provided a list of key points on what is currently known about the disease, including the relative risk of contracting the Ebola virus in the U.S., how it affects dogs, and the CDC’s recommendations for addressing situations in which an Ebola virus patient has a pet in the home.

For more information and updates, please visit the AVMA @ Work website.

World Rabies Day: Awareness is the Best Defense against Rabies

Even though it is 100 percent preventable, rabies still claims the lives of more than 55,000 people around the world each year. Though the majority of these deaths are outside the U.S., there have recently been reports of rabies deaths close to home.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that three people in the United States have died from rabies in the past year [view article]: In August, a U.S. soldier contracted the virus, presumably while deployed in Afghanistan, and later died. Also this summer, a Mexican migrant worker died from a vampire bat rabies virus variant. In late 2010, a Wisconsin man was admitted to the hospital and by the time doctors were able to determine it was rabies that was making him sick, it was too late.

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is joining organizations around the globe in support of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, an annual event created to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. World Rabies Day reinforces the message that although rabies is a preventable disease, it still kills thousands of people and pets worldwide needlessly each year.

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