[Ed. Note...The following are excerpts from the California Compendium of Rabies Control, 1998 and a transmittal letter from California Public Health Veterinarian Kevin Reilly. Ommitted are sections which do not pertain directly to the ferret issue, although some dog and cat sections are included for the purpose of comparing policy.]

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA � HEALTH AND WELFARE AGENCY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

714/744 P STREET
P.O. BOX 942732
SACRAMENTO, CA 94234-7320

April 29, 1998


To: Interested Parties

Subject: California Compendium of Rabies Control, 1998

Please find enclosed a copy of the California Compendium of Rabies Control, 1998. Several changes have been made to this year's compendium which reflects recent research studies in ferrets, changes in the recommendations for administration of human rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG), and the recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a third human rabies vaccine for use in the United States. A brief summary of changes is listed below.

Part I � Rabies Control:

B. 2. (b). Introduction of an optional 14-day quarantine period for ferrets that bite humans: In the past, no quarantine period was recognized for biting ferrets. Following a review of new research and changes in the national rabies compendium, The Department decided to recommend the possibility of a 14 day quarantine period for biting ferrets. Since ferrets are currently illegal in California, biting ferrets must be confiscated by the animal control agency and any quarantines must be conducted under the direction of the health officer in an animal control shelter or veterinary hospital. Any ferret quarantined for a human bite must be reported to the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) for disposition following the quarantine. Specific information is provided regarding the research and reasoning for the quarantine period for biting ferrets.


CALIFORNIA COMPENDIUM OF RABIES CONTROL, 1998

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES
VETERNINARY PUBLIC HEALTH SECITON
(916) 327-0332

PART I.
RABIES CONTROL



B. Rabies Control Methods in Domestic and Confined Animals:

2. Quarantine of Biting Animals (17 CCR 2606):

3. Quarantine of Animals Exposed to Rabies (17 CCR 2606):


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