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USDA AND CDC SIGN NORTH AMERICAN RABIES MANAGEMENT PLAN WITH CANADA AND MEXICO
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2008--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today signed the North American Rabies Management Plan with Canada and Mexico. The plan’s aim is to strengthen cooperation and communication among the three countries in addressing wildlife rabies management and control.
“This plan is a crucial step to controlling rabies not only in the United States, but throughout North America,” said Cindy Smith, APHIS administrator. “It solidifies our strong relationships with Canada and Mexico, as well as our federal and state partners, in addressing this potentially deadly virus in wildlife populations through information sharing and strategic planning.”
The North American Rabies Management Plan, which is the culmination of more than three years of work by APHIS’ wildlife services program, CDC and the governments of Canada and Mexico, establishes a framework and forum for constructive interaction among the countries to build long-term wildlife rabies management goals. The plan, signed at the 2008 Rabies in the Americas Conference, calls for annual meetings between the three countries to share information about oral rabies vaccine research, wildlife management, population control and surveillance techniques.
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