Texas has been besieged with a new epidemic that is threatening to spread around the U.S.
According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services, they are currently scrambling to get a rabies outbreak under control as it moves quickly throughout the state. They are preparing to relaunch their aerial assault on rabies through their annual airdrop of millions of edible rabies vaccines in the Texas wildlife areas.
The TDSHS has been doing this every year since 1995, and with it they have eliminated the coyote strain of rabies from Texas and virtually eliminated the Texas gray fox strain of rabies.
Now, they are turning their attention to skunks, the animal behind the latest outbreak.
“It makes sense to turn our attention to skunks since they’re now the most likely terrestrial animal in Texas to have rabies,” said Dr. Laura Robinson, ORVP director. “We’ll be distributing vaccine baits generally between Austin and Houston to test the strategy in reducing the number of skunk rabies cases there. If effective, the same strategy can be used elsewhere.”
Planes are set to take off Wednesday to distribute 2.7 million doses of the vaccine over skunk infested areas in Texas. While the vaccine poses no danger to humans, they should still avoid touching it as it makes it less likely for wild animals to eat it.