Thursday, October 03, 2013

Biologists Air-Drop Marshmallows to Help Control Rabies Outbreaks

Biologists have taken to the air to combat rabies outbreaks. Recently, more than 1 million marshmallow-flavored packets of a trial vaccine called ONRAB were dropped from small planes and helicopters or distributed by hand in five northeastern states. The effort is part of a test to see if the vaccine can be used to help stop rabies outbreaks among raccoons and skunks.

"We want to march (raccoon) rabies all the way back to the ocean and eliminate it," said  Richard Chipman, the National Rabies Management Coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture.


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