||Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program airdrop of rabies vaccine to immunize coyotes.
||South Texas project begins at daybreak Saturday, Jan. 6.
||Zapata County Airport (four miles north of Zapata on State Highway 16).
||Texas Department of State Health Services assisted by Texas Cooperative Extension Wildlife Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Texas National Guard, U.S. Army Veterinary Laboratory, Dynamic Aviation Group and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
||Continue to prevent reintroduction of domestic dog/coyote variant rabies into South Texas to reduce human exposure to rabies.
||Some 766,000 fishmeal baits containing an oral rabies vaccine will be dropped from specially equipped King Air planes from Dynamic Aviation Group, flying at 500 feet. Baits will be dropped over portions of 14 South Texas counties to immunize coyotes against rabies and reduce the threat of the deadly disease to domestic animals and humans.
||Baits will be air-dropped over portions of the following South Texas counties: Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, La Salle, Maverick, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata and Zavala.
||More information, including project updates, available on the Web at: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/orvp/
||After the South Texas project is completed, operations will move to Junction and Alpine around Jan. 12 to air-drop rabies vaccine baits over portions of 23 West-Central Texas counties to immunize gray foxes.
||Emily Palmer , DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7400.