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State officials dropping skunk baits to thwart rabies

by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

HOUSTON – Skunks are a high-risk species for spreading rabies so state officials are dropping vaccine baits in rural areas of Fort Bend and Waller counties.

It’s a special bait that is coated with fishmeal and authorities say it is safe in 60 species of animals, including household pets.

They’re focusing on unpopulated areas. 

“If people come in contact with the bait, if they see one on the driveway for instance, or their pet has brought one into the yard, we recommend they use a plastic bag, paper towel or gloves to pick it up, put it in a plastic bag tie it off and throw it in the trash,” said Dr. Laura Robinson, with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The state plans to drop 100,000 pieces of bait.  


 

 

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