Oral Vaccination of Captive Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) against Rabies

Vos, A.; Kretzschmar, A.; Ortmann, S.; Lojkic, I.; Habla, C.; Müller, Thomas GND; Kaiser, C.; Hundt, B.; Schuster, P.

The small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus), a rabies reservoir species on several Islands in the Caribbean, was successfully immunized against rabies for the first time by offering animals a vaccine bait specifically designed for this small carnivore. The bait contained on average 0.6 mL of the genetically modified replication-competent rabies virus construct SPBN GASGAS (108.5 focus-forming units/mL). Three of four mongooses offered a bait developed an immune response above 0.5 IU/mL, but the response was less pronounced than in two animals offered the vaccine by direct oral instillation.

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Vos, A. / Kretzschmar, A. / Ortmann, S. / et al: Oral Vaccination of Captive Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) against Rabies. 2013.

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