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Biology and control of mammalian vectors of rabies - SE0419

The objective of this project is to further our understanding, and update our available information, on the possible vectors of rabies, and to continue to model and refine methods of wildlife control. This is necessary under WHO guidelines to maintain rabies free status in the UK, and under a government commitment to replace the use of strychnine as the poison of choice for fox control in the event of a rabies incident. The work includes trialling methods of improving urban fox bait uptake, badger control, genetic analysis of population size in urban and rural areas and improving a bat DNA database. The results of this project will feed directly into DEFRA’s rabies control policy.
The main objectives of the proposal are:

To perform a field trial using T3327 (as an alternative poison to strychnine) on a fox population.

To investigate methods to improve urban fox bait uptake.

To trial methods to measure urban and rural fox density.

To refine badger control methods in the field, and model badger control scenarios.

To continue to build a bat DNA database, including Serotine and Myotid bats, in order to determine the origin of any infected bats discovered in Britain.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Biology and Control of Mammalian Vectors of Rabies   (336k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2006

Cost: £681,566
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health