Can wildlife be vaccinated against rabies?
They can with the help of Merial. Merial is partnering with your local public health officials to fight local epidemics of rabies in wildlife populations by providing a unique, highly specialized and safe oral rabies vaccine called RABORAL V-RG®.
- RABORAL V-RG is approved for immunization of raccoons and coyotes, two of the most significant wildlife carriers of rabies in North America.
- Strategic use of this vaccine by public health officials has proven to reduce the rate of rabies infection in wildlife populations.
- So with RABORAL V-RG, your local public health officials have the ability to vaccinate wildlife, protecting these wild animals from this deadly disease as well as reducing potential infection of pets, livestock and humans.
Why is wildlife rabies vaccination so important? In the United States, rabies remains a significant public health threat.
- During 2015, 5,508 cases of rabies were reported in animals and three cases were reported in humans.1
- Approximately 92.4% of these rabies cases occurred in wildife.1
- The wildlife species most often infected with rabies virus are: raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes.
Explore this website to learn more about rabies and what you can do to protect your family and loved ones. See how this program for controlling rabies at the source can be beneficial for humans, pets, livestock and even wildlife.
1. Birhane M, Cleaton J, et al. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2015. JAVMA 2017; 250(10): 1117-1130.