POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 2:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 28, 2011 - 9:33am
This Saturday the city health department will head out to four rural areas that border the city limits in order to drop special rabies vaccines that contain pellets of the inoculation.
"Those pellets are for any wild animals that are on the outskirts of the city to prevent rabies." said Art Rodriguez, Brownsville’s Public Health Director.
The city hasn't done a vaccine drop for years now, but after last year's scare, they're making sure another incident doesn't pop up in 2011.
"We're taking a proactive approach this year simply because last year we had one case of rabies that came from a bat." said Rodriguez.
City employees will hand drop the vaccine in four locations here in Brownsville:
-George Saenz Lane (Southmost area, Sabal Palm and Monsees Rd.
-Amigo Land Track (Palm Blvd near the river)
-Old Port Isabel (Intersection of FM511 to Hwy 100)
-Parades Line Rd. (Intersection of FM511 to North to end of the city limits)
While these areas are rural for the most part, residents will likely not come in contact with any of the vaccines, but, if one does, city officials ask that they not be disturbed for the person's safety and so that they can serve the purpose they're intended for, to vaccinate wild animals.
The rabies vaccines have been partially funded by the state, the city has also fronted some money to make this vaccination possible.