Portions of Houston County receiving airplane drop of rabies vaccines for skunks

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Texas Health officials have begun dropping ketchup sized vaccine packets from airplanes all over the State to help wipe out the Rabies virus in foxes and skunks.

From Del Rio, Texas to Crockett, Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services have been dropping the packets and in Houston County, the biggest concern are skunks. Each vaccine is coated with fish meal to get the animals to eat the bait.

According to a press release, "DSHS first targeted skunks with limited vaccine drops in 2012 and 2013 in Fort Bend and Waller counties near Houston. This year, portions of 17 counties in East-Central Texas will be involved."

The vaccine is said to be safe in more than 60 species of animals and is not a danger to humans.

Other counties involved are: Austin, Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Houston, Lavaca, Lee, Madison, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton.

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