RABIES – Still Around and Still Killing

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report _Early Release / Vol. 68 June 12, 2019
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vital Signs: Trends in Human Rabies Deaths and Exposures

United States, 1938–2018

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The MMRW Report on “Vital Signs: Trends in Human Rabies Deaths and Exposures” has made me think long and hard about Rabies in today’s world. I’ve read accounts of rabid wild dog PACKs attacking villages in 3rd world countries as well as numerous cases here in the United States over the years – although not PACK attacks. These PACK attacks made me think of Stephen King’s “CUJO” (book and movie) which brought the horror of rabies into the public mind for a short time, but then died out.

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I grew up in a small town and several times went out with friends and neighbors hunting possible rabies infected animals who had bitten someone.  We all carried clubs and, thankfully, I never found one of the animals. I don’t think a club would have been much use against a rabid dog or raccoon.  The thought of “13 shots in the belly” made me cringe. thankfully it’s not quite that bad anymore.

As a Hospital Corpsman and a Police Officer I was well aware of the dangers of Rabies and was involved in several investigations into animal bites.  Luckily, Rabies was not a factor in these investigations.

I have seen and reported a number of “sick” animals to the local Animal Control or Health Agencies, but I believe these animals were affected by Distemper and not Rabies

HERE ARE THE RABIES ARTICLES I’VE POSTED OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS

Rabid Raccoon Left At Baltimore Co. Animal Services By Unidentified Woman – CBS Baltimore – posted 5/5/19

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/05/03/rabid-raccoon-left-at-baltimore-co-animal-services-by-unidentified-woman/

Colorado: Rabies in a Larimer County steer – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/8/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/colorado-rabies-larimer-county-steer-49753/

Norway reports human rabies death, individual spent 2 months in Asia – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/9/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/norway-reports-human-rabies-death-individual-spent-2-months-asia-84762/

Boy bitten by rabid raccoon in Chautauqua County – posted 5/9/19

https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/boy-bitten-by-rabid-raccoon-in-chautauqua-county

Rabid Raccoon Found In Parkville Area – CBS Baltimore – posted 5/10/19

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/rabid-raccoon-found-in-parkville-area/

Polk County: 5th rabies case of 2019 – Tampa Dispatch – posted 5/15/19

http://www.tampadispatch.com/polk-county-5th-rabies-case-of-2019/

Stray cat with rabies attacks 2 in Escambia County, leads to warning – posted 5/26/19

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2019/05/25/stray-cat-rabies-attacks-2-escambia-county-leads-warning/1240438001/

Rabies: Additional human case reported in Sarawak, Malaysia – Outbreak News Today – posted 5/30/19

http://outbreaknewstoday.com/rabies-additional-human-case-reported-sarawak-malaysia-34728/

South Hampton man bit by bat hiding in his iPad case – posted 5/29/19

https://www.wmur.com/article/south-hampton-man-bit-by-bat-hiding-in-his-ipad-case/27617219

Another rabid raccoon found in Monongalia County after fight with family’s dog – posted 5/30/19

https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Another-rabid-raccoon-found-in-Monongalia-County-after-fight-with-familys-dog-510445541.html

Svay Rieng man succumbs to rabies after bitten by dog, National, Phnom Penh Post – posted 6/5/19

https://m.phnompenhpost.com/national/svay-rieng-man-succumbs-rabies-after-bitten-dog

Seven Amado residents undergoing rabies shots | Local News Stories | gvnews.com – posted 6/13/19

https://www.gvnews.com/news/seven-amado-residents-undergoing-rabies-shots/article_b2603cc6-8c9a-11e9-a2c8-e386f89d4c56.html

To see 3 months of Rabies articles, go to my page at this Link:

OLDIES BUT GOODIES IN THE NEWS AND NO VACCINE

Rabies vaccinations in PETS have even been used by the Anti-Vaxxers to spread falsehoods about vaccines. Vaccines cause autism in pets is one of their false claims. Here are some of the articles:

Some Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t Getting Their Pets Vaccinated. Here’s Why That’s So Dangerous | Time – March 8, 2019posted 6/15/19

https://time.com/5538926/dogs-vaccines-antivaxxers/

Anti-vaxxers are refusing to vaccinate their pet DOGS amid claims it can give them autism | Daily Mail Online – posted 4/15/19

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6872997/Anti-vaxxers-refusing-vaccinate-pet-DOGS-amid-claims-autism.html?ito=social-facebook

Wouldn’t it be interesting if Rabies was the cause of the so-called ZOMBIE Outbreaks so popular in the SCIFI books and movies? “THE RAGE” in these 2 movies is so similar to what occurred in “CUJO”, (except “THE RAGE” doesn’t kill the host) it’s a little frightening

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