Rabies outbreak in Orange County!
Hello again! There has been much hype/propaganda about the horrors of vaccination in pets (and people). Here is what happens when you believe the BS (sorry to be blunt). Pets and people are at risk for this deadly disease and it is not that far from us! Rabies had been almost non existent in So. Cal due to vaccination and control but now it is back! Cats (indoor only are at much lower risk unless they escape) are at higher risk than dogs due to the fact that many are not vaccinated due to the fact it is not required by law as it is in dogs. Here is a link to more information:
(Orange County, CA) – The anti-vaccination trend which has spawned the current measles epidemic amongst US children is also reportedly at blame for an equally terrifying outbreak leaving Orange County pet owners in a panic. The county has been the host of an explosive rabies scare after hundreds of residents have refused to follow through with keeping their pets up-to-date on their vaccinations.
Patient zero is a golden retriever named “Buddy”, owned by Zoe, and Aiden Quinn of Los Alamitos, California. The couple, who traveled often with their canine companion, stopped vaccinating their pet two years ago after reading propaganda that indicated vaccinations could cause serious health issues, including cancer.
At some point earlier this year during a trip through Arizona, it is believed that Buddy came into contact with the rabies virus. “He was lost for a period of time while camping. When we found him it looked like he had been in a scrap with some other animal. He had a lot of tiny scratches and abrasions around his face and eyes. We thought nothing of it at the time, we were simply happy to have our Buddy back”, the dogs owner, Zoe Quinn reported.
When they returned to California they immediately took their dog to a local dog park to romp with all the other animals. It was here that the virus is believed to have been spread. Although Buddy was not yet exhibiting any symptoms of infection, the insidious rabies was already running it’s course throughout his body.
DVM Daniel Yost, the veterinarian who was in charge of Buddy’s subsequent necropsy after the outbreak manifested elaborates further. “Rabies is a highly contagious virus. We have observed a change in attitude when it comes to vaccinating pets here in Orange county. Many owners decline despite the obvious risks and now we are seeing the consequences roll in. Essentially, with Buddy’s case, we have a dog who arrives infected to a dog park where several other un-vaccinated animals are also playing. He not only interacts with several other animals but he also urinates, defecates and drinks water from a communal style watering system which becomes contaminated with his saliva. Even after Buddy left the park, any other un-vaccinated animal entering the park could potentially become infected. These infected animals in turn, infect other un-vaccinated animals and now we have the catastrophic situation unfolding that you see now.”
Mrs Quinn arrived home from work a week after their return to find a horrific scene awaiting her. “When I got home from work and opened the door to our flat, I could not believe what I saw, and what happened. Buddy had killed our two cats, Marley and Jimi. Buddy was in the kitchen cowering, wild-eyed in the corner sopping wet with blood. When he saw me he lunged forward. I barely made it out the door.” Shortly afterward the police were summoned. They shot buddy and his body was retrieved by a veterinary diagnostic team for necropsy where it was discovered that he had indeed been infected with the deadly rabies virus.
“I just couldn’t believe it”, Quinn sobbed. “If I would have known that this was the possible outcome of not vaccinating our pets, I would have never gone that route. And now we’ve learned that we could be responsible for this epidemic… It’s so horrible. I am so, so, sorry.” Zoe and her husband had to hire a bio-hazard unit following the incident to decontaminate their living space. They themselves are also having to undergo a series of painful injections to treat their own exposure to the virus.
It has been revealed that 28 people within Orange County have had to euthanize their pets following exposure. DVM Daniel Yost recommended the following steps be taken in order to contain the outbreak. “Vaccinate your animals immediately. If they have had exposure to any other animals or dog parks, I would recommend a two week period of quarantine for observation. Unfortunately, infection can only be determined after necropsy which involves decapitation and analysis of the infected animal’s brain tissue. Animals who have had zero exposure should remain isolated until the threat has passed and we have managed to identify, treat, and euthanize all infected animals.”
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