The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a ban on dogs entering the United States from 113 “high-risk rabies countries,” including the Dominican Republic, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Morocco.
Dog rabies has been eliminated from the United States since 2007, but the CDC points out that “the importation of even one rabid dog could result in transmission to humans, pets, and wildlife.” The agency says that six out of every 100 dogs arriving in the United States have come from countries where vaccination against rabies is inadequate.
People can sometimes get lax about their dogs’ vaccination schedules,
but the rabies vaccine is one inoculation you should not let slide. Rabies is fatal.