Research highlights from the National Institutes of Health:
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I remember being frustrated when WNV illness was surging in Alabama in 2002-2003. With such a complex transmission cycle, and so little known about the ecology of the virus in a naive part of the world, it was difficult to figure out how to have a real impact in controlling transmission to people in any given area of the state. It was even more difficult to communicate a clear strategy to community officials because testing and result turn-around time hampered our knowledge of what was happening. And if that was difficult, it was close to impossible to clearly communicate to the public the nuanced message about what might be happening and why. Even though government resources were given to us abundantly, expertise was stretched thin, and by the time a new crop of entomologists trained in mosquito identification emerged, funding … Read More »
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New Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) baiting strategy known as “pulse baiting” to address recent raccoon-variant rabies positive cases in Central Alabama
Since intensive oral rabies vaccination (ORV) efforts were conducted in central Alabama in 2005, new rabies cases in raccoons and foxes have popped up in Elmore and Autauga counties, areas that were considered to be raccoon-rabies-free. The USDA is considering these positive cases as breaches‖ of the Alabama-Coosa river system, a natural, geographic barrier for the endemic occurrence of raccoon-variant rabies within Alabama.
As part of a nation-wide contingency action to halt new cases in previous rabies-free areas, USDA WS plans to use a newly-studied pulse baiting‖ strategy in early fall. Pulse baiting will involve aerially distributing oral rabies vaccines for raccoons and other wildlife by hand from helicopters at a rate of 8 vaccine baits per 13 seconds in habitat that is attractive to raccoons. The proposed pulse baiting area will encompass roughly 400 mi2 in Elmore, Autauga and Chilton … Read More »