Island to assist in rabies vaccination program

Special to the PRESS

vaccinationThe City of South Padre Island 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 the Island community, the baits will be distributed by hand to avoid the threat of damaged property or disturbing residents and visitors.

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