| Rabies Challenge Fund
Posted: 01-Dec-2007, 12:23 PM
Group: Celtic Nation
Realm: Two Rivers, Alaska
| It's official. The long awaited long-term study of efficacy of the rabies vaccine has begun. I received the following in an Email this morning:
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
The Rabies Challenge Fund
CANINE RABIES CHALLENGE STUDIES BEGIN !
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
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
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:
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