Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Division of Environmental Health

PRESS RELEASE

Date Released: 5/15/2006
Subject: Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2006
Contact: Brent Whitener, Vector Control Officer
Phone: (707) 445-6215

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division is informing pet owners of low cost rabies vaccination clinics sponsored by the Humboldt Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association. Immunization of our pets is a significant preventative measure for the control of rabies. Since 1954, when the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory began testing for rabies, 338 animals have tested positive including 159 skunks, 74 foxes, 45 bats, 34 cows, 13 cats, 6 dogs, 5 horses, 1 opossum, and 1 bobcat. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch tests over 70 animals each year. These tests are performed because there has been contact between a potentially rabid animal and a pet or a person. Extraordinarily, in 2003, seventeen submitted animals tested positive for rabies in Humboldt County. This was the highest number in the state for 2003, and resulted in forty-three people being treated by a physician for exposure to rabies. In the year 2005 there were two positive animals including 1 bat, and 1 skunk. Skunks and bats are the reservoir for rabies in California. For the current year 2006 to this date twenty animal specimens have been submitted for testing including 2 positive bats, and 1 positive fox.

If an unvaccinated pet (dog or cat) comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the owner has two options:

1. Confine the pet in a “no touch” double enclosure for six months to determine if the pet is
infected with rabies
OR
2. Euthanasia

The Environmental Health Division fields calls on a weekly basis from concerned people that have had contact with unvaccinated pets or have unvaccinated pets that have had contact with a potentially rabid animal.

Rabies is a frightening disease. The anguish caused from contact between a person/unvaccinated pet or, an unvaccinated pet/possible rabid animal is entirely avoidable. Vaccinate your pets and keep them current on vaccinations. Consult with your veterinarian on the frequency for re-vaccination.

If cost has been the reason for not having your pets vaccinated, the low cost rabies county-wide vaccination clinics sponsored by the Humboldt-Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association could be your answer. The Humboldt-Del Norte Veterinary Medical Association offers these low cost rabies vaccination clinics as a public service. These clinics will be vaccinating both dogs and cats at the cost of $5.00 per rabies vaccination. Other canine and feline vaccines will be available. The costs of these vaccines will vary with the clinic.

If you have any question about the clinics, please contact the Association at (707) 445-0877. Questions about rabies should be directed to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division. You may also call the main desk number at (707) 445-6215 or toll free at 1-800-963-9241. Call the main desk for urgent calls regarding testing or confinement of pets. Report animal bites to the animal control agency for your jurisdiction.

The following is a list of scheduled vaccination clinics over the next several weeks:


Clinic Schedule

Saturday, May 13 Redwood Animal Hospital 11 am - 12 noon
Saturday, May 13 Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Hospital 12 noon -1 pm
Saturday, May 20 Ferndale Veterinary 10 am - 12 noon
Saturday, May 20 Animal Medical Center 11 am - 12 noon
Saturday, May 20 McKinleyville Animal Care Center 2 pm - 3 pm
Wednesday, May 24 Eureka Veterinary Hospital 9 am - 12 noon
Wednesday, May 24 Petrolia @ Mattole Grange
(Services provided by Ferndale Veterinary) 10 am - 12 noon
Friday, May 26 Fortuna Veterinary Clinic 9 am - 12 noon
Saturday, June 3 Arcata Animal Hospital 9 am - 12 noon
Saturday, June 3 Cutten Animal Health Center 9 am - 12 noon
Saturday, June 10 Paradise Animal Clinic 12 noon - 1 pm
Saturday, June 10 Garberville / Redway Veterinary Group 2 pm - 3 pm
Saturday, June 17 Sunny Brae Animal Clinic 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday, June 24 Rio Dell City Hall
(Services provided by Animal Health and Surgery Center) 10 am - 11 am

 

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