USDA Begins Airdropping Rabies Vaccines in 13 States

According to an Aug. 8 news release by the USDA, approximately 348,000 Raboral V-RG oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits are to be distributed throughout northern Maine while the other three states will see a distribution of 535,000 ORV baits during this month.

ORV baits are coated with a fishmeal attractant and are packaged in one-inch square cubes or two-inch plastic sachets.

“When an animal finds a bait and bites into it, the sachet ruptures, allowing the animal to swallow the vaccine. Animals that swallow an adequate dose of the vaccine, develop immunity to rabies,” according to a July 2020 post by the USDA.

“As the number of vaccinated animals in the population increases, they act as a buffer to stop the spread of the disease to other wildlife, domestic animals, and people.”


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