Vac­cine shown to pro­tect prairie dogs from dis­ease

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MADI­SON, WIS.» A vac­cine de­vel­oped in Wis­con­sin has been shown to pro­tect prairie dogs from plague, a bac­te­rial dis­ease that has sick­ened three people in New Mex­ico this year.

The Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal says re­searchers re­ported that prairie dogs that in­gested vac­cine baits were twice as likely to sur­vive out­breaks of plague as prairie dogs that didn’t get the vac­cine.

The vac­cine was de­vel­oped at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son and at the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey’s Na­tional Wildlife Health Cen­ter in Madi­son.

The three-year study in­volved 58 colonies of the grass­land ro­dents in seven states.

Re­searchers placed vac­cine baits fla­vored with peanut but­ter in 29 prairie dog colonies in Ari­zona, Colorado, Mon­tana, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wy­oming.

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