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Fundraiser helps vet's journey to Africa to struggle rabies – The Manchester Journal


MANCHESTER — Emily Dowd’s focus in vaccinating canine in Uganda in opposition to rabies acquired a lift lately from the Arlington Animal Hospital and Haig’s Restaurant and Sports activities Bar in Manchester, which hosted a particular fundraiser for Mission Rabies.

Dowd is a veterinarian on the Arlington facility.

Mission Rabies is a nonprofit group that focuses on vaccination of canine in areas of the world the place rabies is an actual and lethal concern for residents, the group stated in a information launch. Over 99 % of human rabies instances are brought on by an contaminated canine chunk. As soon as signs of the illness develop, it’s deadly. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of wholesome canine are inhumanely killed for worry of this lethal illness. Nevertheless, this does not halt the unfold of rabies, which causes the deaths of round 59,000 folks a yr — nearly all of that are kids below 15. Mission Rabies is altering that.

Science reveals that the simplest long-term rabies management technique is thru vaccination of canine in endemic areas. Mission Rabies heads to rabies hotspots and runs mass vaccination and teaching programs that shield each the human and canine populations. Fortunately, it is working. Human deaths in key undertaking websites have all however been eradicated, and Mission Rabies will hold going till it is zero all around the globe.

Dowd shall be becoming a member of the Uganda Mission subsequent summer season. Mission Rabies has been working in Uganda since 2015 in two undertaking areas. Initially, the group labored among the many communities of Murchison Falls Nationwide Park, the place over three years they vaccinated 13,288 canine. In 2019, Mission Rabies recognized a necessity to guard the communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Nationwide Park, in addition to the park’s resident endangered gorilla inhabitants after studies of human and canine rabies deaths within the space. The area offered the groups with a singular problem with a number of distant areas. Strategies have been tailored utilizing radio to unfold consciousness among the many most remoted communities. In 2019, in collaboration with Kasese District Veterinary Workplace, the group vaccinated 3,399 canine over eight days and achieved 87 % vaccination protection.

Dowd will work with the Mission Rabies staff for eight days to arrange static level vaccination clinics. At every level, she shall be making certain that as many canine as doable are vaccinated in opposition to this devastating illness. To make sure that they attain the 70 % vaccination protection wanted to create herd immunity from rabies within the canine inhabitants, she shall be educated to make use of Mission Rabies state-of-the-art epidemiological app. This permits assortment of significant vaccination and canine inhabitants information, making certain that the work is scientifically strong. Working alongside an skilled native staff, Dowd has the distinctive alternative to make use of her veterinary abilities proper inside the coronary heart of the native communities.

Over 100 folks joined within the social gathering on Sept. 14 and took part in raffles, silent auctions and drink specials. The success of the occasion was made doable by many, together with raffle and silent public sale merchandise donors: Orvis, The Bennington Museum, artist Shelli Duboff, Arlington Equine, The Mountain Goat, The Barnstead Inn, Ann Dowd, Bonnie and Clyde’s Nook Market, Mom Myrick’s Confectionery, Northshire Bookstore, Starbucks, Covetrus, creator Eric Rickstad, Bennington Pizza Home, Earth Sky Time Farm, Natalie Jones, Paul Barci and Haig’s.

Occasion organizers thanked the workers of Arlington Animal Hospital and apply proprietor Dr. Frederick Baum for his or her assist and planning of the occasion.

Contributions to Mission Rabies and Dowd’s journey could be made by contacting Arlington Animal Hospital by e-mail at [email protected], calling 802-375-9491 or visiting


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