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USDA Invites Public Comment on Environmental Assessment for Oral Rabies Vaccination Program in Nine States

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 – The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing an environmental assessment (EA) relative to an oral rabies vaccination (ORV) program in nine States. The USDA’s ORV program is designed to control rabies in wildlife such as raccoons and skunks. In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, APHIS is proposing to expand the distribution of the ONRAB® vaccine in several States to enhance rabies management in the United States to protect human and animal health and to reduce economic and social costs.  The EA analyzes the proposed expanded use of ONRAB® vaccine-baits throughout the ORV distribution zone in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.  APHIS will accept comments on the potential environmental effects of this proposed program expansion through August 8, 2019.  You may review the EA and submit comments at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0034.


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