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Input Sought on Field Trial of Experimental Rabies Vaccine
Ohio Ag Connection - 07/11/2018

The Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, has prepared a supplement to the Environmental Assessment (EA) "Field Trial of an Experimental Rabies Vaccine, Human Adenovirus Type 5 Vector, in New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia". This experimental wildlife rabies vaccine has been used in U.S. field trials since 2011.

The supplement to the EA examines the potential impacts of the WS program as they relate to expanding the geographic range of the vaccine field trial zone in Ohio and West Virginia. The vaccine, which cannot cause rabies in humans or wildlife, is contained in blister packs that are coated in an attractant that is desirable to the targeted species--raccoons and skunks.

WS is requesting that the public review and provide their comments on the pre-decision Supplement. A Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register and interested parties may obtain a copy of the supplement to the EA and access the public comment form via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2018-0033.

Additionally, the supplement may be obtained by contacting USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, 140-C Locust Grove Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867, FAX (908) 735-0821. wS requests that all comments on the supplement to the EA be submitted electronically or sent to the address/FAX listed above by Aug. 2. When faxing a comment, a copy should also be mailed to ensure that a complete version of the text is received. All comments received, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record and will be released for public review as required and allowable by law.

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