Air vaccines fight spread of rabies

A raccoon takes the bait at an oral rabies vaccination station in Florida. USDA staff is delivering similar baited vaccines by air in the eastern U.S. Credit: Betsy Haley, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services

Wildlife managers are fighting the spread of rabies in the eastern U.S. by delivering millions of oral rabies vaccines by air. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to control the spread of the disease by raccoons (Procyon lotor) into states where it occurs in low numbers or not at all. Helicopters and airplanes dropped baited packets of vaccines in 13 states, from Maine to Alabama. Meanwhile, the U.S. is testing another vaccine used in Canada that focuses on immunizing skunks from rabies.               
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