Rabies Vaccine For The Wild
Broward County will vaccinate wild animals for rabies.
County commissioners approved an almost $2 million oral rabies vaccination program. The five-year program is designed to curb the spread of the disease by targeting raccoons.
Alan Davis of Broward County Animal Care says bait is made of fish meal and the raccoons think its candy. When the animal bites the bait a dose of rabies vaccination is released.
Modern rabies vaccines usually are given in the arm and are no more painful than a flu or tetanus shot. The regimen consists of a series of shots given over a 28-day period.
Officials say a rabid raccoon was found last Friday in Weston. A rabid fox attacked a three-year-old Lakeland girl on Tuesday.
An Orlando newspaper reports that last year Polk County had 12 cases of rabies; Orange County had 15; Volusia, 13; Lake, seven; Seminole, six; Osceola, three; Brevard, two and Sumter, one.
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Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention contributed to this report
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