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America’s CDC suspends dog entry from Kenya

A German Shepherd
A German Shepherd. [Photo: DogTime]

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has temporality banned the entry of dogs from Kenya.

In a statement, CDC said that Kenya is among 113 other countries considered to be at high risk for the importation of dog rabies in the US.

“These countries and political units are considered high risk for importing dog rabies into the United States. Beginning July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension which prohibits the entry of dogs into the United States arriving from the countries listed,” the statement read.

The suspension applies to all dogs including puppies, emotional support dogs and dogs that travelled out of the United States and returning from high-risk countries.

It also includes dogs arriving from other countries if they have been in a high-risk country during the previous six months.

However, CDC noted that “On an extremely limited basis, CDC has the authority to issue advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) to bring a dog from a high-risk country.”

At the time the suspension is in effect, those who wish to import dogs from high-risk countries have been urged to seek approval 30 days before the import.

“If you wish to import a dog from a high-risk country, you must request advance written approval (CDC Dog Import Permit) from CDC by emailing CDCanimalimports@cdc.gov at least 30 business days (6 weeks) before you intend to enter the United States.”

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