|A commercially produced rabies vaccine|
I had more or less the same experience during an undergraduate year I spent in France in 1965. The American students put together a Thanksgiving dinner for their French hosts. We made the mistake of including sweet corn on the menu. "That's pig food!" was the universal verdict. They didn't need to taste it to know that it wasn't fit for human consumption.
I have to admit that I'm no different from my friends in Ohio and in France. My husband, who grew up in England, loves Marmite, but hates its Australian cousin, Vegemite.. I dislike both of them. But I like peanut butter, which he won't touch.
|I can't even stand the smell of this stuff.|
If dogs are roaming free or cannot easily be restrained, oral vaccination will not work unless most dogs take the bait. 70% of them need to be immune to rabies before the whole community will be protected from it.
In the 2001 trial of oral rabies vaccine carried out in the Philippines 96% of the dogs who were offered bait accepted it without hesitation. The study states that "Baits were quickly taken up and most were rapidly and completely consumed by the dogs." The bait was made from local materials, all things those dogs were familiar with and would have eaten before.
|Dogs in the Philippines|
|Some Tunisian Dogs|
It also seems to me that a bait made locally would produce some local jobs, especially if the program were ongoing--which it would need to be to provide continuing immunity to a changing dog population.
cost of bait, p. 112: