[ SHOWGSD-L ] Rabies challenge studies have begun!!!

  • From: shirley sommers <ssthunderpony@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 14:29:23 -0800 (PST)

    Sun Dec 2, 2007 3:20 pm (CST)    
 
Greetings!*
**
* The Rabies Challenge Fund is pleased to announce that the canine 
rabies challenge studies have begun!!! 
  Permission is granted to post and cross-post the 
  text of our press release below. *
**
*
*Regards, Kris L. Christine*
*Founder, Co-Trustee*
*The Rabies Challenge Fund*
*http://www.RabiesCh allengeFund. org* <http://www.rabiesch allengefund. org/>
*
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*CANINE RABIES CHALLENGE STUDIES BEGIN !*

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* **One of the most important vaccine research studies in veterinary 
medicine is underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary 
Medicine in **Madison**. Dr. Ronald Schultz, a leading authority on 
veterinary vaccines and Chair of the Department of Pathobiological 
Sciences, has begun concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies to 
determine the long-term duration of immunity of the canine rabies 
vaccine, *with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for 
boosters*. These *will be the first long-term challenge studies on the 
canine rabies vaccine to be published in the United States.
  

* Dr. Schultz comments that: /"We are all very excited to start this 
study that will hopefully demonstrate that rabies vaccines can provide a 
minimum of 7 years of immunity."/* *//*

* *

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

* *

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

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

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

* *

More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and 
the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be 
found at the fund?s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at: 
  
*www.RabiesChalleng eFund.org 
  <http://www.rabieschallengefund. org/>*.



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