|Description:||This image was captured in Haiti in 2013 by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Veterinary Medical Officer, Ryan M. Wallace, DVM, MPH, and depicts the hands of a veterinary healthcare worker drawing back the plunger of a syringe in order to extract the required dosage of an unknown drug to be used to humanely euthanize an animal suspected of being rabid.|
Critical infrastructure for rabies control is lacking in many countries around the world, including Haiti. Trained professionals in veterinary and animal health services are critical to a rabies control program, but are often hard to find in Haiti. A recent collaboration was developed between the CDC, Christian Veterinary Mission, and Humane Society International to train and equip professionals in the veterinary field to safely capture, and humanely euthanize rabies suspect animals. In many parts of the world inhumane practices are utilized to kill aggressive and unwanted dogs. Many of these practices are crude, and put people at further risk for exposure to infectious diseases.