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DSHS Annual West-Central Texas Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Begins

News Release
January 12, 2007

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

West-Central Texas project began at daybreak Friday, Jan. 12.


Kimble County Airport, Junction, Texas
Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport, Alpine, Texas

Who: Texas Department of State Health Services assisted by Texas Cooperative 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.

Continue the rabies management control efforts of Texas Gray Fox variant rabies in West-Central Texas to reduce human exposure to rabies. West-Central Texas program for gray foxes follows completion of airdrop of rabies vaccine to immunize coyotes in South Texas.


Some 2.2 million dog food 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 23 West-Central Texas counties to immunize gray fox against rabies and reduce the threat of the deadly disease to domestic animals and humans.


Baits will be air-dropped over portions of the following West-Central Texas counties: Brewster, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Edwards, Irion, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Maverick, McCulloch, Menard, Pecos, Reagan, Real, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala.

Web: More information, including project updates, available on the Web at: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/orvp/
Notes: After the South Texas project is completed, operations will move to Junction and Alpine around Jan. 12 to air-drop rabies vaccine baits over portions of 23 West-Central Texas counties to immunize gray foxes.
Contact: Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.
Rabies airdrop schedule
Last updated February 7, 2011