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Date Posted: 21:53:03 11/17/06 Fri
Author: Beverly
Subject: Any warm blooded animal has the potential to contract rabies, but ...
In reply to: Connie 's message, "Re: I, of course, concur. In my new home state, I did first inquire ..." on 20:10:51 11/17/06 Fri

(Any warm blooded animal has the potential to contract, and spread, rabies, but ...) because the disease is spread via saliva, and because the virus does not have a strong viability outside the host (it does not survive in the environment the way many other viruses can -- parvo, for example), the possibility of a rodent being exposed to a rabid animal (raccoon, fox, skunk, etc.), and surviving the initial contact with that rabid animal to contract the disease, is quite unlikely. Thus, rabies is not seen in squirrels, mice, etc. In fact, it's typhus that is 'known' (although fairly rare) in flyers -- but transmission to humans is extremely rare -- and it's a curable disease, at that. When I corresponded with my state's bureaucratic employee on the issue of flying squirrels, and the rabies issue was used as the logic behind the prohibition, I did mention that rabies is more commonly seen in HORSES than in squirrels, and yet my state does not insist upon rabies vaccines for horses. Indeed, the year I moved here, a show horse was found to be rabid, and that caused quite a stir. Just this past summer, another horse was found to be rabid, as well. (Both horses were, of course, euthanised, and no humans were subsuquently found to be infected. Raccoons were the suspected transmitters of the disease in both cases, although it was supposition, not definitive evidence.) Who said government regulations were sensible, or logical?

> Must calm myself. I talked to a "person who knows"
>and was told that Rabies has never been found in a FS
>or any squirrels, for that matter!! Why? They didn't
>know!! But thats that!! Has anybody heard of a
>case of Rabies in a FS.? Or other Squirrels;, Greys,
>Delmarva ,Any other? Not I, [ and I have checked!]
>>Exactly how I feel, but I could never put it so
>>nicely. You have such a gift for words.......... I'm
>>going to steal everything you said here. I could
>>never say it so good. I use it on the next
>>bureaucratic I run into..
>>thanks Bev

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