Rabies vaccine air drops begin in 17 Central Texas counties

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) - Skunks are the main targets in a vaccine bait air drop program that's operated since 1995 and eliminated coyote and gray fox strains of rabies in Texas.

The Department of State Health Services says Thursday was the first full day of this year's anti-rabies aerial effort.

The $4 million program involves dropping about 2.7 million doses, in fishmeal-coated packets, for wildlife to eat.

Spokesman Chris Van Deusen says planes flying from Brenham are dropping bait in 17 counties - Austin, Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Houston, Lavaca, Lee, Madison, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton.

The program later moves to South Texas.

Experts say the packets won't harm pets. People should avoid the bait. Wild animals are less likely to eat packets that carry a human scent.

Online:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/

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