The CDC estimates that 6% of all dogs imported into the United States come from a list of countries with a high risk of rabies infection.
Since July 14, the US authorities have imposed a temporary ban on the import of dogs from 113 countries, including Russia, due to the threat of the spread of dog rabies. This is reported in a press release from the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published on the website of the medical regulator.
“This temporary measure is necessary to ensure the health and safety of dogs imported into the United States, as well as to protect public health from the re-entry of the canine rabies virus into the United States,” the report said.
The CDC noted that the United States eradicated the canine rabies virus in 2007, but the importation of even one infected dog can lead to the transmission of the deadly disease to humans, as well as to domestic and wild animals.
In 2020, the CDC found a significant increase in refusals to import dogs from 113 countries on the list of countries with a high risk of rabies infection. Due to the reduced frequency of flights, dogs that were not allowed in the United States had to wait longer to return to the country of departure, which in some cases led to illness and death.
According to the medical regulator, 6% of all dogs imported into the United States come from the list of countries with a high risk of rabies infection. The list also includes Belarus, Ukraine, China, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Vietnam, Peru, Libya, Turkey, Brazil, and India.