A rabid dog was imported to the US from Egypt, the fourth time in the last 11 years that a rabid dog in known to have been imported to the United States.
The Center for Disease Control CDC) reports that:
This dog was part of a large shipment of dogs and cats from Egypt that rescue organizations had distributed to multiple states for adoption. During the investigation, public health officials learned that the rabies vaccination certificate used for entry of the rabid dog into the United States had intentionally been falsified to avoid exclusion of the dog from entry under CDC's current dog importation regulations.
The dog was imported with an unhealed fracture of the left forelimb, along with her puppy, and developed signs of rabies shortly soon after arriving at its new home in Virginia (my home state), triggering a six-month quarantine for four other Egyptian dogs that were placed in New Jersey. In Virginia, 30 people were evaluated for rabies exposure, and 18 chose to undergo rabies prevention treatment just in case. Also put at potential risk were the eight other dogs at the rabid dog's new home, along with nine other animals, and an additional dog the owner was pet-sitting.
The most alarming part of the CDC report reads:
CDC's cat importation regulations do not require that cats be vaccinated against rabies; therefore, the cats were not required under federal regulations to be confined, vaccinated, or revaccinated against rabies.