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Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. The rabies virus is usually transmitted through a bite.

Animals most likely to transmit rabies in the United States include bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks. In developing countries, stray dogs are the most likely to spread rabies to people.

Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease nearly always causes death. For this reason, anyone who may have a risk of contracting rabies should receive rabies vaccinations for protection.

The Cayman Islands is a rabies-free country. As such, animals are only vaccinated against rabies in anticipation of disease exposure, i.e. for travel purposes.

The vaccination protocol used in the Cayman Islands is as follows:

  • Initial vaccination at 12 weeks/ 3 months of age or older
  • Booster vaccination at a minimum of 30 days after the initial vaccination for pets born in the Cayman Islands ho intend to undergo titre testing.
  • Follow-up vaccination 12 months after booster vaccination (prior to the expiry date of the current vaccine)
  • Vaccination required every 3 years thereafter.

Please complete the relevant information sheet (located in the Forms Section on the top right of the page) depending on the number of animals you need to have vaccinated. Please be sure to complete the information sheet in full.

Once submitted, a member of our Veterinary Services team will contact you within a maximum of three (3) business days to book the next available rabies vaccination appointment for your pet(s).

Please note that this email address is used only for the purpose of booking rabies vaccination appointments with the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. All other pet travel-related enquiries should be directed to ci.agriculturevs@gov.ky .

You may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) attached to assist you.

The Rabies Clinic operation schedule is on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. 15 minute visit intervals per pet. Have to book in advance.

Please contact the CIDOA Veterinary Services team at DOArabiesvaccines@gov.ky for further guidance on scheduling your pet’s rabies vaccination.

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When To See A Veterinarian

Seek immediate medical care if you’re bitten by any animal, or exposed to an animal suspected of having rabies. Based on your injuries and the situation in which the exposure happened, you and your doctor can decide whether you should receive treatment to prevent rabies.

Even if you aren’t sure whether you’ve been bitten, seek medical attention. For instance, a bat that flies into your room while you’re sleeping may bite you without waking you. If you awake to find a bat in your room, assume you’ve been bitten. Also, if you find a bat near a person who can’t report a bite, such as a small child or a person with a disability, assume that person has been bitten.

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  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fear brought on by attempts to drink fluids because of difficulty swallowing water
  • Fear brought on by air blown on the face
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  • Hallucinations
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What Are The Causes

The rabies virus causes a rabies infection. The virus spreads through the saliva of infected animals. Infected animals can spread the virus by biting another animal or a person.

In rare cases, rabies can be spread when infected saliva gets into an open wound or the mucous membranes, such as the mouth or eyes. This could happen if an infected animal licked an open cut on your skin.

Any mammal (an animal that suckles its young) can spread the rabies virus. The animals most likely to spread the rabies virus to people include:

  • Cats
  • Cows
  • Dogs
  • Goats
  • Bats
  • Beavers
  • Horses
  • Foxes
  • Monkeys
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Woodchucks

In very rare cases, the virus has been spread to tissue and organ transplant recipients from an infected organ

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