Google+ PetsVentura® : WORLD RABIES DAY 2008


World Rabies Day 2008 reminded us that routine vaccinations are important, because rabies is a serious and deadly disease for pets and people alike.

Rabies is an acute, progressive, fatal encephalomyelitis caused by neurotropic viruses in the family Rhabdoviridae, genus Lyssavirus. The disease is almost always transmitted by an animal bite that inoculates the virus into wounds. Very rarely, rabies has been transmitted by exposures other than bites that introduce the virus into open wounds or mucous membranes. All mammals are believed to be susceptible, but reservoirs are carnivores and bats. Although dogs are the main reservoir in developing countries, the epidemiology of the disease differs sufficiently from one region or country to another to warrant the medical evaluation of all mammal bites.

Rabies in dogs, or ‘canine rabies,’ is still common in certain areas of the world, including parts of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Because the risk of rabies varies in different areas of the world, it is important for pet owners to understand the rules and restrictions of each destination country before they travel with their pets.

You should be aware that each country has one or more government agencies which impose animal importation requirements that need to be met by the pet owner or importer. Information about pet import restrictions and requirements in foreign countries can be received from PetsVentura® PETS RELOCATIONS™

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