Media Alert
January 16, 2009


Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program airdrop of rabies vaccine to immunize gray foxes


Del Rio portion of the project Monday, Jan. 19


Del Rio International Airport, Del Rio


Texas Department of State Health Services assisted by Texas Agri-Life 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 efforts to control rabies carried by gray foxes in West-Central Texas to reduce human exposure to rabies.


Some 2.46 million dog food baits containing an oral rabies vaccine are being dropped from specially equipped King Air planes from Dynamic Aviation Group, flying at 500 feet. Baits are being dropped over portions of 30 West-Central Texas counties to immunize gray foxes against rabies and reduce the threat of the deadly disease to domestic animals and humans.


Baits are being air-dropped over portions of the following West-Central Texas counties: Concho, Crane, Culberson, Ector, Edwards, El Paso, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Loving, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Regan, San Saba, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Val Verde, Ward and Winkler.


More information, including project updates, available at: www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/orvp/.


Airdrop operations at the Kimble County Airport in Junction, also part of the West-Central Texas drop, will continue throughout January.

Contact: Emily Palmer, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, Austin, 512-458-7400.


Last updated August 16, 2010