The Colorado Rabies Resource Guide
The Colorado Rabies Resource Guide is now available. This document is a resource for the surveillance, prevention, and control of rabies in Colorado. The target audience is “first responders” to rabies: local public health officials, animal control agencies, veterinarians and veterinary clinic staff, animal health officials, wildlife officials, wildlife control operators, and wildlife rehabilitators. Contents include a communication protocol; submission guidelines for rabies testing; quarantine requirements for dogs and cats exposed to suspect rabid animals; roles, responsibilities, and resources of various agencies and associations; regulations related to rabies; and contact information for animal control, public health, and wildlife officials. This document was drafted by the Colorado Rabies (CORAB) Task Force, a self appointed group which first met on June 21, 2010. The mission of CORAB is to coordinate state, local, and federal resources for protection of public health, wildlife health, and domestic animal health from rabies in Colorado.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
New Guidance for Pets Exposed to Rabies
New guidance advises that cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia. The recommendation appears in the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, along with other updates from the 2011 edition. More…
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers links for rabies, information for veterinarians, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Click here for more information.
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV)
The Veterinary Infection Control Committee of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has published the following compendia and a model infection control plan on its website. NASPHV Compendia provide standardized national recommendations for key zoonotic disease issues.
- Animal Contact Compendium
- Animal Rabies Compendium
- Psittacosis and Chlamydiosis and related materials
- Model Infection Control Plan for Veterinary Practices (MS Word)
Pre-exposure Vaccinations and Titers
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has provided the following information for veterinary personnel regarding pre-exposure vaccinations and titers.
For pre-exposure vaccination, CDPHE recommends checking with your primary care physician first. If your primary provider cannot do it, look for a travel clinic that does international care, as they often do it at those locations because of the high risk of rabies in other countries.
A titer check is just a basic blood draw and you should ask for the RFFIT test. A rabies IgM test has no meaning in this situation. See below; the screening RFFIT test is appropriate.