By CARLOS CENTENO
The City of South Padre Island’s Environmental Health Services Department will be assisting the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Zoonosis Control Division with the Oral Rabies Vaccination Program (ORVP).
The purpose of this program is to reduce or possibly eliminate the dog strain of rabies, carried by coyotes, in Texas. Baits containing a vaccination for the disease have been distributed in South Texas known to have coyote traffic.
In larger rural areas the bait has been dropped by airplane or helicopter. In our community the baits will be distributed by hand to avoid the threat of damaged property or disturbing residents or visitors.
The baits will be distributed from January 26 to January 28 in key locations. Locations include; the base of the causeway, grassy areas around Schlitterbahn, wetlands between Sea Turtle, Inc. and Landfall Towers, grassy and wetland areas near the Convention Centre, the flats north of the Convention Centre, grassy areas north of the Hilton, grassy areas near The Shores (west of Padre Boulevard) and the horse stables.
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 27 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.