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    The country is currently suffering from a rabies outbreak with 3 people dead over the past few months and a child gravely ill. Salud Publica are currently touring the country vaccinating all dogs who do not have the rabies vaccine free of charge. They use one needle for all the dogs, and many die following the vaccination. If you have non rabies vaccinated dogs I suggest you get them vaccinated by your vet asap, or buy the vaccine at an agrovet and do it yourself, as you have no choice if Salud Publica turn up at your home and your dog has not been vaccinated.

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    Anyone know what the indigenous vectors (diseased carrier animals) are? Dogs are a given. At home, its raccoons, bats, foxes, some rodents etc.

    In this country with very few vector opportunities, I am wondering how rabies is being spread to the dogs that subsequently bite and infect people.

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    According to Dr Julio Hazim, there has been an outbreak of rabbies in a few border towns in Haiti, but Dominican organizations that deal with stray dogs and public health are forbidden to mention that. He claims that some of it was most likely introduced by dogs that stray from one part of the island to the other.

    Dr Jiminian, another prominent Dominican doctor, made a public announcement about the dogs with rabbies roaming around. He insist that anyone with a dog that doesn’t vaccinates them is completely irresponsible, because the Dominican government offers those vaccines free of charge.

    If biten by a dog, you should immediately get vaccinated for Rabbies (if you haven’t already). These vaccines are also free of charge in many public hospitals.

    Let me see if I can find the interview of Dr Jiminian. I think I saw it a few days ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    Anyone know what the indigenous vectors (diseased carrier animals) are? Dogs are a given. At home, its raccoons, bats, foxes, some rodents etc.
    this cute little fellow:



    juron or huron, i have seen both versions of the word. often also called mangosta. kind of a wild ferret. normally very shy. i see them often but normally they never come very close to humans or domestic animals. although, of course, rabies change animal's behavioural patterns.

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    Here is Dr Jiminian.

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    i was bitten by a street dog back in march/april. i went to a private clinic where they cleaned the wound and administered tetanus shot. but they did not have rabies vaccinations. they sent me to centro sanitario, which was closed (saturday morning). by monday i tracked down the dog and turned out it was a female who recently gave birth, protecting her young. i saw her few times later on and it was clear she was not rabid. but this event showed the weakness of the vaccine administration system: it should be available in all clinics, 24/7. a bite to an extremity can possibly wait a day or two but a bite to the face/head/neck/spine would require immediate vaccination.

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    My dogs caught on of those (j)Hurons ....

    nailed it coming out of the bedroom....it never had a chance.

    My people were sure it would get away -- they're fast !!

    Nope, the team surrounded it.
    A full post mortem followed - checking teeth size etc - very few people get to examine these little guys

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    Bats are also big carriers in the DR.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    The country is currently suffering from a rabies outbreak with 3 people dead over the past few months and a child gravely ill. Salud Publica are currently touring the country vaccinating all dogs who do not have the rabies vaccine free of charge. They use one needle for all the dogs, and many die following the vaccination. If you have non rabies vaccinated dogs I suggest you get them vaccinated by your vet asap, or buy the vaccine at an agrovet and do it yourself, as you have no choice if Salud Publica turn up at your home and your dog has not been vaccinated.

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    I dont know if i happen to ba specific case, but salud publica, a ) wont go near my dogs, and b) actually give us vaccine + syringe and needle, 1 for each dog, free of charge.
    They also seem to have a big supply of syringes and needles.
    My only complaint is that the needles are very flimsy, and cant pierce the skin on 2 of my dogs

    As for where the infected dogs/animals come from.....lol, very convinient.......
    I have only witnessed once, in 10 years, a round up of stray dogs, for vaccination. I would also say there are at least as many stray ( border line feral ) dogs in my campo, than domestic ones.
    If the dr was real serious about this " problem ", why dont they go the ORV ( food pellets with oral vaccine ) route. It was done, with success in switzerland, to wipe out rabies in red foxes.

    I posted a story a while back about a dog bite, rabies and salud publica. And their reaction actually surprised me.
    I think the consensus is, world wide, that an animal with rabies is flagrant enough ( as in, you are attacked by a rabid animal ), so the real risk is being bitten by a dog ( or another animal ) that is contaminated but hasnt develloped the illness yet, but the window is quite small ( between the dog being infected and it develloping rabies ).
    They actually turned up at my house to collect/capture the dog that bit me ( a big misunderstanding, as it was my dog ), and their protocol was , 1) observe the dog, 2) if in doubt, cut its head off and send to SD for testing ( not kidding ), 3) only then, if dog was rabid, would you then be vaccinated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    My dogs caught on of those (j)Hurons ....

    nailed it coming out of the bedroom....it never had a chance.

    My people were sure it would get away -- they're fast !!

    Nope, the team surrounded it.
    A full post mortem followed - checking teeth size etc - very few people get to examine these little guys
    I have a nice picture collection of dead hurons ( and a bunch of other stuff ..... tarantulas, snakes, mice, chickens, birds, you name, they kill it )........ my dogs ambush them......

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