Going Green

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Black-footed Ferrets Get Vaccine

The black-footed ferret is one of my favorite critters. Sometimes it is difficult to walk the line between interference and rescue. This is an interesting effort to control pague in the wild.

Ouch! Taking a Shot at Plague: Vaccine Offers Hope for Endangered Ferrets in Plague Outbreak

Endangered black-footed ferrets, like children, aren't exactly lining up to be stuck with a vaccine, but in an effort to help control an extensive outbreak of plague in South Dakota, some of the ferrets are getting dosed with a vaccine given by biologists.

This is the first time the vaccine has been used during a major plague epizootic—an animal version of a human epidemic. Sylvatic plague is an infectious bacterial disease usually...(complete article here).

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