ORAL RABIES VACCINE PROGRAM
CONCLUDES AS OF 6/30/2002
What is the status of the Fairfax County Oral Rabies Vaccine Pilot Program?
As of June 30, 2002, the Board of Supervisors has terminated the Fairfax County Oral Rabies Vaccine Program due to budget cuts for fiscal year 2003. Oral rabies vaccine will no longer be distributed nor be available to the public.
What were the results of the spring 2002 vaccine distribution?
In spring 2002, 19,986 vaccine baits were distributed on 27,864 acres (4,607 parcels) in the target area ( March 4 - April 15, 2002). Following the oral rabies vaccine distribution, 214 raccoons were trapped and blood samples revealed that 117 (55%) had detectable anti-body titers against the rabies virus, most likely due to exposure to the oral rabies vaccin. For more information on the year 2000 vaccine distributions go to the Oral Rabies Pilot RESULTS page. Other urban counties in Maryland and Florida have achieved significant reductions in the incidence of animal rabies cases and human exposure to rabies with immunization percentages in this range, according to Dr. François Elvinger, Fairfax County Oral Rabies Vaccine Pilot Program Manager. To date, distribution of oral rabies vaccine in Fairfax County has not been sufficient to expect a reduction in the number of persons exposed to rabies.