Experimental Oral Rabies Vaccines Will Target Wildlife in Nine States

Experimental Oral Rabies Vaccines Will Target Wildlife in Nine States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wildlife Services (WS) is conducting a rabies control program using an experimental oral rabies vaccine (ORV) to try to stop the spread of rabies among wildlife populations. The USDA is set to use baited traps on the ground or planes to spray wildlife with the experimental oral rabies vaccine, which is a human adenovirus type 5 rabies glycoprotein recombinant vaccine called ONRAB produced by Artemis Technologies, Inc. in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.1

WS officials have stated that an expanded ONRAB vaccine distribution program is necessary to secure a higher level of population immunity in raccoons to maximize the effectiveness of the vaccine.1

In the past, the government program to control rabies in wildlife has used the vaccinia-rabies glycoprotein (V-RG) vaccine, which officials claim has eliminated canine rabies from sources in Mexico, a gray fox rabies virus variant in western Texas and prevented the spread of raccoon rabies in the eastern United States. While the prevention of raccoon rabies in that region has been considered successful in overall rabies management, the V-RG vaccine has not been effective in eliminating raccoon rabies, which is the reason why WS is proposing expanded use of the experimental ONRAB vaccine.1

Since 2011, WS officials have been conducting field trials in parts of West Virginia to study the immunogenicity and safety of ONRAB vaccine. In 2012, field trials were conducted in areas of New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Vermont and new areas of West Virginia.1

According to news reports, a total of 14 rabid raccoons have been found in Monongalia County, West Virginia since January 2019. Mary Wade Triplett, the public information officer for Monongalia County Health Department stated, “USDA plant and animal health inspection services has added most of Monongalia County back into the oral rabies vaccine bait program which is going to take place from August 22 to September 5th.”2

New reports state that the goal of expanding use of the experimental ONRAB vaccine is to prevent rabies from spreading to the west. Vaccines will be dispersed either by air for rural areas using rotary or fixed wing planes or by ground using baited traps for more populated areas.2

The Monongalia County Health Department suggests individuals should do the following if they find a rabies vaccine bait trap:

If people find them, they should leave them alone. If they are in an area where children and pets play, they should maybe try to relocate them to a place where wildlife might find them, using a glove or plastic bag to move them. They are not harmful if your dog eats some, but if they eat too many they might get an upset stomach.2

WS officials will also be releasing baits containing the experimental rabies vaccine in northern Maine beginning on August 3, 2019. About 351,000 oral rabies vaccine baits will be distributed across a 2,405-square-mile area of northeastern Maine, including Mars Hill, Houlton, Weston, Oxbow, Patten and Stacyville.3

Government officials in Maine have said that humans and pets cannot get rabies from contact with the baits but cautioned that people should not pick up or handle the rabies vaccine baits in any way.3


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9 Responses to "Experimental Oral Rabies Vaccines Will Target Wildlife in Nine States"

  1. Sue Kilp   August 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    How unfortunate they will now create havoc amongst nature’s creatures. Here in Hawaii we don’t vaccinate our pets against rabies as there are no cases of rabies. Wildlife here is also rabies free. Sadly, Governor Ige refuses to engage in conversation re: safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines.Curious how the veterinary industry is more open to recognizing dangers of vaccines on our furry friends yet pediatricians all claim ignorance re: child chronic illness and vaccine related iatrogenic diseases

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  2. Terry Baker Grissing   August 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    My God how will they know where these land and live vaccine…god grief what if released in water ways or other resources that persons with low functioning immune systems might be exposed….just think, how can these releases be tracked, located?????

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  3. CoCo   August 15, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Spraying rabies vaccine from planes? What could go wrong here? Should the human population be worried?

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  4. Barbara   August 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    LEAVE WILDLIFE ALONE! How the heck do you think they survived hundreds of thousands of years without brainless human intervention???

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  5. Will Falconer, DVM   August 16, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Not clearly stated in this article, but the fears of “live” and “rabies” are unfounded. Meaning: no live rabies virus is involved here. The live virus is a human Adenovirus which has a bit of rabies virus glycoprotein spliced in. Net result is that there’s no complete rabies virus involved, and that means it’s not going to run amok.

    I shared your concerns years ago before I read this more deeply, and to my knowledge, a version of this has been done for years, maybe decades.

    As a homeopathic vet, my greater concern was “vaccinosis:” the chronic diseases that come from being vaccinated. I haven’t ruled that possibility out, but I think it’s safe to say it’s unlikely to be rabies vaccinosis with just a particle of the virus given by an oral route. Time will tell, but again: oral bait history is a long one and so far, no zombie raccoons or runaway rabies.

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  6. Carol   August 16, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    This is insane and stupid. Now, the wild rabies will be rampant. Plus, the harm that we know vaccines do to our pets will now be suffered by our wildlife. When will the insanity end???

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  7. Jenny M.   August 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    They were spewing these tiny plastic packets over us a year or two ago, helicopters would go over and dump them. I didn’t know what they were doing and picked one up, it had some sort of rabies vaccina crapola label, then I turned it over and it said “do not touch”. They look like small pieces of plastic litter. They didn’t even tell anyone about it.

    I don’t know if it helped with the rabies or if it spread it more.

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  8. Ken Conrad   August 18, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Rabies is a cyclical disease that fluctuates up and down relative to the raccoon, skunk and fox populations, yet despite experimental attempts to control it with vaccine baits the disease continues to fluctuate.

    The weakened live virus vaccine found in the previous V-RG oral rabies baits used in Canada and the United States was genetically modified (recombinant vaccinia/rabies glycoprotein). This particular strain of rabies was developed by recombining it with the pox virus (vaccinia) and an antibiotic resistant biomarker for tetracycline. The vaccine is then combined with dog food or fishmeal and mixed with icing sugar, vegetable oil, artificial marshmallow flavor, dark-green food grade fat-soluble dye and a non-toxic bonding agent.

    What are the implications of splicing two viruses together to make a vaccine, linking them with an (ARM) antibiotic resistant marker for an antibiotic commonly used in medicine, and then releasing this hybrid into the environment?

    In an article entitled, “The Very Real Problem With Rabies Baits”, Dr Patricia Jordan States, “Dr. Terje Traavik PhD (Centre of Biosafety), has written extensively about how genetically engineered viruses are creating new hybrid viruses through recombination. He cautions that the characteristics of some of these new hybrid viruses are similar to both of the parent viruses but also include traits from neither. He notes that cases of rabies infected humans could be due to a return to virulence of the genetically engineered rabies virus with the pox viruses.”

    She goes on to state, “In Arizona and other parts of the US, rabies is starting to jump species. For the first time, we are seeing rabies jump from bats to foxes to skunks with no bite required… It used to be that we could feel pretty safe about rabies because the chances that our dogs would trade saliva with another animal were pretty slim. Nowadays, thanks to recombinant vaccines, there is no bite required.”

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