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: 4/30/2003
Subject: Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2003
Contact: Brian Cox, Director, Division of Environmental Health
Phone: (707) 445-6215

Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2003

Since 1954, when the Humboldt County Public Health Laboratory began testing for rabies, 315 animals have tested positive; 155 skunks, 65 foxes, 39 bats, 34 cows, 9 cats, 7 dogs, 5 horses, and 1 bobcat.. This total includes the three foxes from the Eel River Valley that have tested positive for rabies within the past three weeks. The Humboldt County Public Health Branch tests over 100 animals a year. All tests are performed because there has been contact between a potentially rabid animal and a pet or a person.

If an unvaccinated pet 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
2. or, euthanasia.

The Humboldt County Public Health Branch Division of Environmental Health 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.

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 822-2402. Questions about rabies should be directed to the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Environmental Health. 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


CLINIC SCHEDULE:

Saturday, May 10, 2003 Blue Lake City Hall 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 17 Ferndale Vet 10:00 AM until 12 NOON
Wednesday, May 21 Petrolia @ Mattole Grange 10:00 AM until 12 NOON
Wednesday, May 28 Eureka Veterinary Hospital 9:00 AM until 12 NOON
Friday, June 6 Fortuna Veterinary Clinic 9:00AM until 12 NOON
Saturday June 7 Fortuna Animal Medical Center 11:00 AM until 12 NOON
Saturday June 7 Veterinary Hospitals County Wide Call your vet for exact times
Saturday June 14 Garberville-Redway Veterinary Grp. 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

 

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