USDA Expands Field Trials of New Oral Rabies Vaccine
August 17, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Wildlife Services (WS) program will conduct a second U.S. field trial of a vaccine to control rabies in raccoons, skunks and other wildlife beginning this month. The expansion was approved after an environmental assessment process.
The field trial will distribute more than one million oral rabies vaccination (ORV) baits in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and West Virginia to test the safety and efficacy of the ONRABÂ® vaccine for potential use in wildlife.
WS works cooperatively with local, state and federal governments, universities and other partners to reduce the prevalence of rabies in wildlife by distributing ORV bait in targeted areas. While the bait currently used in ORV programs has proven to be effective in raccoons, coyotes, and foxes, it does not produce detectable levels of immunity in striped skunks.
To read the full release, go to www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/08/rabies_vaccine_expanded.shtml.