Your not confused and your concern is appropriate. Rabies injections are painful, expensive and should be reserved for cases where rabies is highly suspected. If highly suspected the animal's brain is examined for evidence of rabies if available.
Wild animals which carry a higher risk of rabbies include raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and other wild carnivores.
Wild rodents such as squirrels, rats, mice and rabbits usually are not carriers with the exception of ground hogs.
A monkey could be a carrier but is low risk.
Treatment in this case was probably not needed but the person obviously did not want to take any chances and was willing to under go vaccination.
Saturday began with a Primate Health Forum. A vet panel comprised of Three outstanding primate vets lead the session, talking about prevention, surgical procedures, and other critical health information for non-human primates. The focus was precautionary vaccines and blood testing, and it was agreed that a number of vaccines were acceptable to give to non-human primates. Tetanus, MMR, Polio, TB testing, and Rabies (even though primates are not a rabies risk) were recommended.
Edited by Belize-N-Us (07/29/08 09:55 AM)
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