SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — The City of South Padre Island will be assisting the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Zoonosis Control Division with the Oral Rabies Vaccination Program. The program is aimed at reducing, or possibly eliminating, the dog strain of rabies carried by coyotes in Texas. On February 6, baits containing a vaccination for rabies will be distributed around the City in areas known to have coyote traffic.
The baits are made of a fish meal casing with a pouch in the center that contains the rabies vaccine (pictured below). The public is urged to avoid disturbing the baits, which are clearly marked with warning signs. If a person or an animal should come in contact with the bait, please contact the SPI Environmental Health & Safety Department at (956) 761-3226 or the number imprinted on the bait for the Texas Department of Health, 1-877-732-5725.