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Sylvatic plague vaccine: combating plague in prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets

The Wildlife Professional
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Abstract

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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Sylvatic plague vaccine: combating plague in prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets
Series title The Wildlife Professional
Volume 6
Issue 1
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher The Wildlife Society
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 4 p.
First page 50
Last page 53
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N