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National Committee Recommends Change in Ferret Policy

AUTHOR: Freddie Ann Hoffman, M.D.
DATE: November 22, 1997

Good News for Ferret Fanciers Everywhere

This is a news announcement from the American Ferret Association (AFA). The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians in their annunal Rabies Compendium committee meeting on November 1, 1997 in Syracuse, NY decided to include ferrets everywhere dogs and cats are currently discussed in the 1998 Compendium. This means that ferrets will be recommended for a 10-day quarantine period.

This is the exact recommendation that the AFA had presented to the NASPHV at its 1992 meeting. Five years later, and after spending a significant amount of tax payers' dollars they are now making the recommendation in the face of states legislating the change in policy towards ferrets.

Our job is not complete yet, however. The next step will be to change the labeling of the IMRAB rabies vaccine, i.e., to remove the mention of ferrets, and to request a change in the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices.

Jim Scott and I will work on this immediately.

Please forward this information to all interested parties.

Please note that this is only a recommendation. State and local laws and regulations may prevail.


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