Rabies Challenge Fund

Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by HoundedByHounds, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. HoundedByHounds

    HoundedByHounds Oh, it's *you*

    Aug 6, 2007
    Likes Received:
    Trophy Points:
    4 dogs, 2 cats
    N Texas, USA
    Home Page:
    Crossposted w/permission.

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]The Rabies Challenge Fund is pleased to announce that the canine rabies[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]challenge studies have begun!!! Permission is granted to post and cross-post[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]the text of our press release below.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Regards, Kris L. Christine[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Founder, Co-Trustee[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]The Rabies Challenge Fund[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]_http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org_ ([/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva])[/FONT]


    [FONT=verdana,geneva]One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary medicine is[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Madison. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on veterinary vaccines and[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]7 year challenge studies to determine the long-term duration of immunity of[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]interval for boosters. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]These will be the first long-term challenge studies on the[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States.[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Dr. Schultz comments that: "We are all very excited to start this study that[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a minimum of 7[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]years of immunity."[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]This research is being financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund, a charitable[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]trust founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of Maine,[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]who serves as Co-Trustee with world-renowned veterinary research scientist[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]and practicing clinician, Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet in California. The[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Rabies Challenge Fund recently met its goal of $177,000 to fund the studies’[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]first year budget with contributions from dog owners, canine groups, trainers,[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]veterinarians, and small businesses. Annual budget goals of $150,000 for the[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]studies must be met in the future.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM states: "This is the first time in my 43 years of[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]involvement in veterinary issues that what started as a grass-roots effort to[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]change an outmoded regulation affecting animals will be addressed scientifically[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]by an acknowledged expert to benefit all canines in the future."[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Scientific data published in 1992 by Michel Aubert and his research team[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]demonstrated that dogs were immune to a rabies challenge 5 years after[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]vaccination, while Dr. Schultz’s serological studies documented antibody titer counts[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years post-vaccination. This[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]data strongly suggests that state laws requiring annual or triennial rabies[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]boosters for dogs are redundant. Because the rabies vaccine is the most[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]reactions, it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]immunity. Adverse reactions such autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints,[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system;[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]sites are linked to rabies vaccinations.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Study co-trustee Kris Christine adds: “Because the USDA does not require[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]vaccine manufacturers to provide long-term duration of immunity studies[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]documenting maximum effectiveness when licensing their products, concerned dog[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]owners have contributed the money to fund this research themselves. We want to[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]ensure that rabies immunization laws are based upon independent, long-term[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]scientific data.â€[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]_www.RabiesChallengeFund.org_ ([/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/[/FONT][FONT=verdana,geneva]) ."[/FONT]

Share This Page