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Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2008. National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc.

This Compendium provides information on rabies control to veterinarians, public health officials, and others concerned with rabies control. These recommendations serve as the basis for animal rabies-control programs throughout the United States and facilitate standardization of procedures among jurisdictions, thereby contributing to an effective national rabies-control program. This document is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. Recommendations for immunization procedures are contained in Part I; all animal rabies vaccines licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and marketed in the United States are listed in Part II; Part III details the principles of rabies control.

Disposition of Domestic Animals Exposed to Rabies in Texas. Texas Administrative Code, Title 25. Chapter 169.30

This portion of the Texas Administrative Code contains rules for the handling of domestic animals that have been exposed to rabies.

Texas Oral Rabies Vaccine Project Site

Has information on the past, present and future of the Texas Oral Rabies Vaccine Project (ORVP). The ORVP is designed to stop the spread of coyote and fox rabies.

During the last two weeks of February 1995, the Texas Department of Health (TDH) now known as the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), conducted a field trial of oral rabies vaccine. Although oral rabies vaccine had been used successfully in Europe and Canada to control rabies in foxes and on the eastern United States coast for raccoon rabies, this trial was the first attempt to control rabies in wild coyotes and is nearly 30 times larger in scope than any previous oral rabies project in the United States. This article describes the preparation for this effort.

Texas is the only state experiencing an epizootic of canine rabies, a strain historically associated with the greatest number of human deaths. Because coyote habitat includes most of the United States, not only is the rest of Texas at risk, but large areas of the United States as well, if the epizootic is not confined to South Texas.

Texas is currently the only state in which two rabies epizootics are occurring simultaneously: canine rabies in South Texas and gray fox rabies in West and Central Texas. In 1992, the Texas Department of Health Zoonosis Control Division began developing a long-term rabies control strategy which included a baiting system designed to orally immunize wild animals, a primary reservoir for rabies. This is a status report of that effort.


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Last updated March 5, 2013