Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies after a Talking Rock, Georgia, dog was bitten by a rabid raccoon, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The raccoon fought with the dog outside a home in the Ruby Ridge Drive/Highway 136 area of Talking Rock near the Gilmer-Pickens County Line on September 4th, the release states. The raccoon was shipped for testing to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the positive rabies results have now been reported to the Gilmer County Environmental Health office. According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon, and since the dog's vaccinations against rabies were up to date, it only required a booster shot and at-home observation for 45 days. "It's imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from … [Read more...] about Rabid raccoon bites dog in Talking Rock, Ga.
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About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. View all posts by Bara Vaida → Journalists who had been looking for stories about the high cost of medical bills came across an unexpected one – the astoundingly high price of rabies treatments. WebMD investigative reporter Brenda Goodman and Georgia Health News CEO Andy Miller began their investigation late last year after Miller received a tip about a Georgia resident who owed more than $10,000 for her treatment. They learned about the case of Tamara Davis, who found a bat clinging to a dish towel in her kitchen one summer day. Even though she had no sign of a bite mark, a Georgia public health official … [Read more...] about Reporters share how they uncovered the jaw-dropping price of rabies treatment
Ending canine-mediated human rabies: the time is now Author : Bernadette Abela-RidderDr Bernadette Abela-Ridder works at the World Health Organization as the Team Leader of the Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in the Department of the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. She is the WHO Focal Point on Rabies. Human rabies transmitted by dog bites is a daily disaster for underserved and rural populations, especially children. Rabies is 100% vaccine-preventable in animals and humans. Most cases can be prevented through vaccinating dogs, avoiding being bitten by dogs, and raising community awareness. Yet rabies remains a neglected disease.It is time to address that neglect. Stakeholders, in the drive to eliminate rabies, will be doing just that at WHO headquarters in Geneva during an international conference on the Global Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies on December 10-11. Many are joining forces, not only because rabies control is a worthy cause, but also because … [Read more...] about Ending canine-mediated human rabies: the time is now