Media Alert
January 6, 2009

What: Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program airdrop of rabies vaccine to immunize coyotes and gray foxes.
When: Flights begins at daybreak Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Where: Zapata County Airport (four miles north of Zapata on State Highway 16) and Kimble County Airport, Junction.
Who: Texas Department of State Health Services assisted by Texas AgriLife Extension Wildlife Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Texas National Guard, U.S. Army Veterinary Laboratory, Dynamic Aviation Group and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why: Continue to prevent reintroduction of rabies carried by coyotes into South Texas and continue efforts to control rabies carried by gray foxes in West-Central Texas to reduce human exposure.
How: Some 2.9 million 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 11 South Texas and 30 West-Central Texas counties to immunize coyotes and gray foxes against rabies and reduce the threat of the deadly disease to domestic animals and humans.
Counties: South Texas: Cameron, Dimmit, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata and Zavala.
West-Central Texas: Concho, Crane, Culberson, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Loving, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Regan, San Saba, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Val Verde, Ward and Winkler.
Web: More information, including project updates, available at: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/orvp/.
Notes: After the Zapata project is completed, operations will move to Pecos around Jan. 12 and Del Rio around Jan. 19. Junction operations will continue throughout January.
Contact: Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.


Last updated August 26, 2010