Vaccinating mice to protect people from Lyme disease
The US Department of Agriculture has conditionally licensed an oral Lyme vaccine that targets mice.
The substance is sprayed onto pellets and distributed in natural settings to be consumed by mice in the wild.
That vaccinates the mice against Lyme bacteria, so they will not pass the infection to ticks, which in turn cannot pass it to people and pets.
According to US Biologic, the maker of the vaccine, “We’ll distribute the pellets in different ways to residences, public lands, and commercial properties. At residences, we will use the LymeShield System, which is an integrated tick-management program offered by pest-management professionals and includes the timed-application LymeShield Station. “
The vaccine is called Borrelia Burgdorferi Bacterin. The product, called LymeShield, includes a device or “station” that holds and applies the pellets.
SOURCE: US Biologic