In November 2010 he wrote multiple letters (PDF) to the the Centers for Disease Control, Australia, etc, all seeking to have Guam's rabies-free designation revoked.
The Hawaii State Veterinarian - naturally concerned about these allegations - wrote to the Territorial Veterinarian asking for clarification. Dr Poole's response (PDF) can be summed up with
In September 2009 the Marianas Variety saw fit to publish a scientifically illiterate screed (PDF) from Dr Joseph that claimed vaccinating for rabies actually made Guam more susceptible. Fortunately the MV published an informed refutation (HTML).
In December 2010, a month after he sent his misinformation letter to Guam's rabies-free trading partners, Dr Joel Joseph sent out a mass email to Guam senators and media contacts. In it he said a child was treated for rabies prophylaxis after being "bit" by a possibly rabid dog:
"Recently, the Guam Department of Agriculture - Dr Poole's office - was so worried that they tried to have a child who got bit (actually scratched) by a dog to get rabies prophylaxis treatment. If we were rabies free why would this need to be done?It's a great story however his letter was a complete fabrication.
"[...] The GovGuam Dept of Ag did not even know what to do with the dog. The owner went to [Department of Public Health and Social Services] and elsewhere and got the correct information. Owner, dog, and child are all well."
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