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DSHS Annual South Texas Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Begins Friday

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Media Alert
January 5, 2006  

What: Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program airdrop of rabies vaccine to immunize coyotes

When: South Texas project begins at daybreak Friday, Jan. 6

Where: Zapata County Airport (four miles north of Zapata on Highway 16)

Who: Texas Department of State Health Services assisted by Texas Cooperative Extension Wildlife Services; U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS; Texas National Guard; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Army Veterinary Laboratory; Texas A&M University System; and Dynamic Aviation Group.

Why: Continue to prevent reintroduction of domestic dog/coyote variant rabies into South Texas to reduce human exposure to rabies.

How: Some 766,000 fish-meal baits containing an oral rabies vaccine will be dropped from specially equipped King Air planes from Dynamic Aviation Group, flying at 500 feet. Baits will be dropped over portions of 14 South Texas counties to immunize coyotes against rabies and reduce the threat of the deadly disease to domestic animals and humans.

Counties: Some 766,000 fish-meal baits containing an oral rabies vaccine will be dropped from specially equipped King Air planes from Dynamic Aviation Group, flying at 500 feet. Baits will be dropped over portions of 14 South Texas counties to immunize coyotes against rabies and reduce

Web: More information, including project updates, available on the DSHS Web site at: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/ORVP/

Notes: News media are invited to view the ORVP operations at Zapata County Airport Monday. After the South Texas project is completed, operations will move to Fort Stockton around Jan. 14 and then to Junction around Jan. 21 to airdrop rabies vaccine baits over portions of 27 West-Central Texas counties to immunize gray foxes.

Contacts: Ernest “Skip” Oertli or Guy Moore , DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program, Operations Trailer, Zapata, 956-765-6253; Emily Palmer , DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.

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