More questions about the Bear Affair
I have a few lingering questions about the whole Bear Affair:
1. How much pressure did the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries put on Maymont to euthanize the bears? What about the CDC? Was their recommendation to euthanize the last word?
2. A VCU Health System pediatric emergency doctor was quoted in the paper as saying that she starts a child on the rabies treatment regimen at least once a month after a child has been bitten by a dog or scratched by a cat. Does that mean it is standard procedure to start rabies treatment with any bite from a wild animal or unknown domesticated animal? If so, why didn't the boy receive immediate treatment for rabies (other than antibiotics) at St. Mary's on Sunday after he was bitten?
3. Maymont said that quarantining the bears was not an option because rabies symptoms could take a very long time to develop and by then it would be "too late" for the child. Was it possible, though, to treat the child with the shots AND quarantine the bears for several months, even, until they safely showed no signs of rabies?
4. When we will learn who these parents are?
5. Now that Mayor Wilder is involved, do I smell yet another commission?