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US: CDC temporarily bans dogs from some countries because of rabies risk

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it is temporarily banning dogs from being imported from more than 100 countries because of a risk of rabies . The ban will go into effect July 14. The move was prompted by an increase in inadequate rabies vaccination certificates abroad, the agency said. The CDC estimates that 6 percent of dogs that come into the U.S. from other countries arrive from places considered to be at high risk for dog rabies . They include — but are not limited to — Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru and Russia.

It also includes dogs arriving from other countries if they have been in a high- risk country during the previous six months. The CDC said the " temporary action is necessary to ensure the health and safety of dogs imported into the United States and to protect the public’s health against the reintroduction of The CDC said because of COVID-19's impact on flight schedules, dogs denied entry are facing longer wait times to be returned to their country of departure, leading to illness and even death in some cases. Dog rabies has been eliminated from the United States since 2007, but remains prevalent in

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it is temporarily banning dogs from being imported from more than 100 countries because of a risk of rabies. The ban will go into effect July 14.

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The move was prompted by an increase in inadequate rabies vaccination certificates abroad, the agency said.

"This temporary action is necessary to ensure the health and safety of dogs imported into the United States and to protect the public's health against the reintroduction" of dog rabies into the country, the CDC wrote on its website.

Dogs are routinely vaccinated against rabies, a virus that can kill both canines and humans. Because of vaccines, dog rabies has been eliminated from the U.S. since 2007, the CDC said.

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During the temporary suspension, all dogs coming from high- risk countries either with a valid US-issued rabies vaccination certificate or with a CDC Dog Import Permit can only enter the United States through an approved port of entry, which includes all 18 airports with a CDC quarantine station Dogs from high- risk countries with rabies vaccination certificates issued outside of the United States are not permitted to transit through the United States on passenger flights (as hand-carried or checked-baggage) if they are required to go through customs clearance before boarding the next flight.

Starting July 14, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) and the Department of [+] Health and Human Services (HHS) will ban the importation of dogs from countries that CDC considers to be high risk for dog rabies . (Photo: Getty). Now this isn’t because dogs are claiming that keys are sticking their foreheads after getting vaccinated and posting anti-vaccination messages on social media. This is because public health programs in many countries aren’t getting dogs vaccinated and certain people and organizations that are offering dogs aren’t making sure that their dogs are

Puppy adoptions increased over the past year as people stayed home because of the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC estimates that 6 percent of dogs that come into the U.S. from other countries arrive from places considered to be at high risk for dog rabies.

They include — but are not limited to — Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Peru and Russia.

"The importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, pets and wildlife," the CDC said.

Anyone wishing to bring a dog in from another country will need to apply for a special permit, the CDC said. U.S. citizens returning home with pets after living abroad may qualify for the permit, as well as those with disabilities in need of service dog.

However, permits for emotional support animals or pet adoptions will not be issued, the agency said.

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