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Oral vaccination of wildlife using a vaccinia–rabies-glycoprotein recombinant virus vaccine (RABORAL V-RG®): a global review

Overview of attention for article published in Veterinary Research, September 2017
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Oral vaccination of wildlife using a vaccinia–rabies-glycoprotein recombinant virus vaccine (RABORAL V-RG®): a global review
Published in
Veterinary Research, September 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13567-017-0459-9
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Joanne Maki, Anne-Laure Guiot, Michel Aubert, Bernard Brochier, Florence Cliquet, Cathleen A. Hanlon, Roni King, Ernest H. Oertli, Charles E. Rupprecht, Caroline Schumacher, Dennis Slate, Boris Yakobson, Anne Wohlers, Emily W. Lankau


RABORAL V-RG(®) is an oral rabies vaccine bait that contains an attenuated ("modified-live") recombinant vaccinia virus vector vaccine expressing the rabies virus glycoprotein gene (V-RG). Approximately 250 million doses have been distributed globally since 1987 without any reports of adverse reactions in wildlife or domestic animals since the first licensed recombinant oral rabies vaccine (ORV) was released into the environment to immunize wildlife populations against rabies. V-RG is genetically stable, is not detected in the oral cavity beyond 48 h after ingestion, is not shed by vaccinates into the environment, and has been tested for thermostability under a range of laboratory and field conditions. Safety of V-RG has been evaluated in over 50 vertebrate species, including non-human primates, with no adverse effects observed regardless of route or dose. Immunogenicity and efficacy have been demonstrated under laboratory and field conditions in multiple target species (including fox, raccoon, coyote, skunk, raccoon dog, and jackal). The liquid vaccine is packaged inside edible baits (i.e., RABORAL V-RG, the vaccine-bait product) which are distributed into wildlife habitats for consumption by target species. Field application of RABORAL V-RG has contributed to the elimination of wildlife rabies from three European countries (Belgium, France and Luxembourg) and of the dog/coyote rabies virus variant from the United States of America (USA). An oral rabies vaccination program in west-central Texas has essentially eliminated the gray fox rabies virus variant from Texas with the last case reported in a cow during 2009. A long-term ORV barrier program in the USA using RABORAL V-RG is preventing substantial geographic expansion of the raccoon rabies virus variant. RABORAL V-RG has also been used to control wildlife rabies in Israel for more than a decade. This paper: (1) reviews the development and historical use of RABORAL V-RG; (2) highlights wildlife rabies control programs using the vaccine in multiple species and countries; and (3) discusses current and future challenges faced by programs seeking to control or eliminate wildlife rabies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 181 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 31 17%
Student > Bachelor 29 16%
Student > Master 28 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 10%
Other 17 9%
Other 16 9%
Unknown 41 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 33 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 28 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 27 15%
Immunology and Microbiology 16 9%
Environmental Science 12 7%
Other 19 10%
Unknown 46 25%

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