Guidelines for Handling Pets Exposed to Ebola - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Guidelines for Handling Pets Exposed to Ebola

Posted:

SCHAUMBURG, Il. — Following weeks of collaborating with public health agencies and experts from around the country, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has issued guidance for health officials handling the pets of people exposed to the Ebola virus.

The guidance has been in development since early October, when a dog in Spain was euthanized after its owner became sick from the Ebola virus. A similar case emerged shortly afterwards in Dallas, where a nurse with a dog tested positive for Ebola. Unlike in Spain, the dog in Dallas was placed in quarantine for 21 days and released after showing no symptoms and twice testing negative for the virus.

In response, the AVMA convened several working groups with the USDA, CDC, and other health agencies and experts to develop guidance for public health officials on how to assess, handle, and monitor companion animals that may have been exposed to the virus.

The AVMA said the development of this guidance was a long process due to its novel and complex nature, as well as the lack of scientific data on Ebola and companion animals currently available. But this morning the following documents were posted online for AVMA members:

Interim Guidance for Public Health Officials on Pets of Ebola Virus Disease Contacts provides guidance for the management of pets, specifically dogs and cats, owned by Ebola virus contacts.Interim Guidance for Dog or Cat Quarantine After Exposure to a Human with Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease describes the process for conducting a risk assessment for exposure of dogs and cats that had contact with a human with laboratory-confirmed evidence of Ebola, and it describes how to implement quarantine of dogs or cats if deemed appropriate by state and federal human and animal health officials. In addition to these documents, the AVMA has a number of resources available for veterinarians, health officials, and the public on its website at www.avma.org/Ebola. The AVMA will be continuously monitoring these resources and updating them as more information becomes available.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police Identify Driver in Crash that Shut Down Rehoboth Avenue

    Rehoboth Police Identify Driver in Crash that Shut Down Avenue

    Jul 14, 2018 10:44 PM2018-07-15 02:44:00 GMT
    Saturday, July 14 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-07-15 02:45:28 GMT
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Rehoboth Beach Police have identified the Middletown man accused of hitting multiple vehicles and injuring five people last weekend. Police say 45-year-old Martin Tuohy of Middletown was attempting to back out of a parking spot whenMore
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Rehoboth Beach Police have identified the Middletown man accused of hitting multiple vehicles and injuring five people last weekend. Police say 45-year-old Martin Tuohy of Middletown was attempting to back out of a parking spot when More
  • UPDATE: Police Investigating Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Laurel

    Police Investigating Motorcycle Crash in Laurel

    Jul 14, 2018 4:53 PM2018-07-14 20:53:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:49 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:49:37 GMT
    LAUREL, Del.- The Delaware State Police is advising people to avoid parts of Laurel due to a motorcycle crash. Troopers say the crash took place on Ralphs Road between Waycross Road and Skeeter Bit Lane west of Laurel. Officers classify the crash as serioMore
    LAUREL, Del.- The Delaware State Police is advising people to avoid parts of Laurel due to a motorcycle crash. Troopers say the crash took place on Ralphs Road between Waycross Road and Skeeter Bit Lane west of Laurel. Officers classify the crash as serioMore
  • Woman Arrested for Stealing and Burning Flag Placed for Fallen Delaware State Trooper

    Woman Arrested for Stealing and Burning Flag Placed for Fallen Delaware State Trooper

    Jul 14, 2018 3:31 PM2018-07-14 19:31:00 GMT
    Saturday, July 14 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-07-14 19:36:52 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- A Wilmington woman is facing charges after destroying a flag on the Nassau Bridge placed in honor of late Delaware State Police Trooper William F. Matt. Tim Dale and Dave Repass placed a "Thin Blue Line" flag on the Nassau Bridge to pay tribuMore
    LEWES, Del.- A Wilmington woman is facing charges after destroying a flag on the Nassau Bridge placed in honor of late Delaware State Police Trooper William F. Matt. Tim Dale and Dave Repass placed a "Thin Blue Line" flag on the Nassau Bridge to pay tribuMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices