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: 5/12/2004
Subject: Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2004
Contact: Brian Cox, Director, Environmental Health Division
Phone: (707) 445-6215


Since 1954, when the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory began testing for rabies, 331 animals have tested positive: 158 skunks, 75 foxes, 40 bats, 34 cows, 11 cats, 7 dogs, 5 horses, and 1 bobcat. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch tests over 100 animals each year. All 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 is the highest number in the state for 2003, and resulted in forty-three people being treated by a physician for exposure to rabies.

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 Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, 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 questions about the clinics, please contact the Association at (707) 822-2402. Questions about rabies should be directed to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division. Contact the Vector Control Desk directly at (707) 268-2203. 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 15th Ferndale Veterinary 10:00 AM until 12:00 NOON
Wednesday, May 19th Petrolia @ Mattole Grange 10:00 AM until 12 NOON
Saturday, May 22nd Blue Lake City Hall 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 22 Garberville/Redway Veterinary Group Contact the Hospital
Wednesday, June 2nd Eureka Veterinary Hospital 9:00 AM until 12 NOON
Saturday, June 5th Rio Dell City Hall 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Saturday, June 5th Redwood Animal Hospital 11:00 AM until 12:00 NOON
Saturday June 12th Paradise Animal Hospital Willow Creek 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM
Saturday June 12th Sunnybrae Animal Clinic 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Saturday June 12th Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Hospital 12:00 NOON until 1:00 PM
Saturday June 12th Arcata Animal Hospital 12:00 NOON until 1:00 PM
Saturday June 12th McKinleyville Animal Care Center 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Saturday June 12th Veterinary Hospitals county wide Call your vet for exact times

Arcata Animal Hospital is providing the Blue Lake clinic services, offered May 22nd. The Animal Health and Surgery Center of Fortuna is providing the low cost clinic in Rio Dell on June 5th.

 

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