Sylvatic plague vaccine: combating plague in prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets
After achieving promising results in laboratory trials, researchers at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) and University of Wisconsin at Madison will soon begin field testing a new oral vaccine for sylvatic plague, a devastating disease affecting prairie dogs and other mammals, particularly the endangered black-footed ferret. Our team has developed and is currently registering a sylvatic plague vaccine (SPV) that uses raccoon poxvirus (RCN) to express two key antigens of the Yersinia pestis bacterium, the causative agent of plague.
|Sylvatic plague vaccine: combating plague in prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets
|Tonie E. Rocke, Rachel C. Abbott
|The Wildlife Professional
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|National Wildlife Health Center