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: 5/3/2005
Subject: Annual Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2005
Contact: Brian Cox, Director, Environmental Health Division
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, 331 animals have tested positive including 159 skunks, 73 foxes, 42 bats, 34 cows, 11 cats, 6 dogs, 5 horses, 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 2004 there were four positive animals including 2 bats, 1 skunk and 1 fox. Skunks and bats are the reservoir for rabies in California.

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 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. 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

Friday May 13th Eureka Veterinary Hospital 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday May 13th Fortuna Veterinary Clinic 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday May 14th Blue Lake City Hall 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Saturday May 14th Fortuna Medical Center 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday May 14th Cutten Animal Health Center 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday May 14th Myrtle Avenue Veterinary Hospital 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Saturday May 14th Redwood Animal Hospital 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday May 18th Petrolia at Mattole Grange 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday May 21st Ferndale Veterinary 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday May 21st McKinleyville Animal Care Center 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday May 21st Paradise Animal Clinic 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Saturday May 21st Sunny Brae Animal Clinic 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday June 11th Rio Dell City Hall 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Saturday June 11th Arcata Animal Hospital 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday June 11th Garberville/Redway Veterinary Group 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Arcata Animal Hospital is providing the Blue Lake clinic services offered May14th. Ferndale Veterinary is providing the Petrolia - Mattole Grange clinic services offered May 18th. The Animal Health and Surgery Center of Fortuna is providing the Rio Dell clinic services offered June 11th.



 

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