Information on Rabies risks and response

Written by Hospital Commander on 3/9/2012 7:45:41 AM | 2 Comments
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Rabies has been in the news lately in relation to a Soldier who died as a result of contracting the disease. He was bitten by a feral dog in Afghanistan.

Recently, the Army Surgeon General, LTG Patricia D. Horoho, directed the five regional medical commands to conduct a stand down of all Soldier Readiness Processing sites. We’ve also been directed to conduct a 100 percent review of all Post Deployment Health Assessments and Post Deployment Health Reassessment forms processed after Sept. 1, 2011.

At Fort Knox MEDDAC, we are taking this very seriously. We recently redeployed thousands of Soldiers from 3/1, and our mission at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, includes redeploying thousands more Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, as well as civilians and contractors, each year.

The risk of rabies for those deployed has not changed – it is still a rare yet serious disease. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans, and if untreated, is fatal. However, it is important to remember that rabies is entirely preventable - primarily by following command guidance to avoid unknown animals, or after exposure, by the administration of post-exposure rabies prophylaxis. But, once clinical rabies develops, it is too late to administer prophylaxis.

Soldiers and Family members: remember that if you or someone you know has been scratched or bitten by a feral animal while deployed or in any setting, seek immediate medical attention. For community exposures or further questions, you can call Army Public Health Nursing at IRACH at 624-0572. For deployment exposures, you can also call the Wounded Warrior & Family Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.


On 3/23/2012 8:01:51 AM, Hospital Commander wrote: SSG RiosRodriguez, thank you for your comment and for bringing this to my attention. I want to make sure we solve this as quickly as possible. In order to do that, we need a little more information from you. Please call my office at 6249070, and we'll take care of it.

On 3/22/2012 2:56:06 PM, SSG RiosRodriguez wrote: Good afternoon Sir, I have called various times to the central exams clinic about a physical that I took for Civil Affairs 3 weeks ago and have been told that it is complete just needs a Physicians signature and they do not know when this will happen. I was told could be 3 days, could be 3 weeks and this physical is for a packet that is time sensative. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated Sir. VR, SSG RiosRodriguez