Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq -- New Jersey, June 2008

October 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/3/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 39, p1076
The article reports on issues associated with the shipment of a mixed breed of dog from Iraq into the U.S. on June 18, 2008. It recapitulates an epidemiologic analysis by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Bergen County Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the arising public health reaction. The findings note the need for vigilance in reference to rabies during animal importation in order avert the possible reintroduction and continued transmission of canine rabies in U.S. dog populations.


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