HOUSTON (January 27, 2014) Texas health officials are dropping vaccine packets from airplanes this month to help wipe out rabies in skunks in 17 counties.
Each vaccine is the size of a fast-food ketchup packet and is coated with fish meal to get skunks to eat the bait.
Similar efforts in past years by the Texas Department of State Health Services targeted foxes and coyotes.
Dr. Tom Sidwa, the state public health veterinarian, says the skunk strain is causing a majority of the Texas rabid animal cases.
The airdrop targets Austin, Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Houston, Lavaca, Lee, Madison, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton Counties.