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By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Animal Companion: Retail rescue risks


March 11, 2020

Elimination of the canine rabies virus variant from the United States required approximately five decades and hundreds of millions of dollars. Imported cases present an ongoing opportunity for reestablishment of the variant and require lengthy and costly investigations to prevent additional cases in both humans and animals.

A recent article published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) outlines how state veterinarians and industry experts are working to assess disease risk posed by dog rescue groups bringing dogs into the U.S. from overseas.

Part of the problem is that the groups often don’t understand import regulations fully while bringing the dogs...

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