Rabies clinic set for Saturday in Freer

By Samuel Gavito

The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it and how to eliminate the main global sources. Even though the major impact of rabies occurs in regions of the world where many needs are present, rabies should no longer be neglected. The tools and technology for human rabies prevention and dog rabies elimination are available. Through the World Rabies Day initiative, we will be working together to make rabies history.

Rabies in humans is 100 percent preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. Yet, more than 55,000 people mostly in Africa and Asia die from rabies every year at a rate of one person every ten minutes. The most important global source of rabies in humans is from uncontrolled rabies in dogs.

Children are often at greatest risk from rabies. They are more likely to be bitten by dogs and are also more likely to be severely exposed through multiple bites in high-risk sites on the body.

Severe exposures make it more difficult to prevent rabies unless access to good medical care is immediately available. This major source of rabies in humans can be eliminated through ensuring adequate animal vaccination and control, educating those at risk and enhancing access of those bitten in appropriate medical care.

Even if your pets have had their rabies shot, a rabies booster shot is recommended.

We will be offering a Rabies Shot Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 8, by Dr. Chuck Miles at the Brush Country Veterinary Clinic in Freer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a reduced cost of $5 per animal.

For more information contact Sam Gavito at the Benavides Civic Center or call 361-256-4591.