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Getting Answers: Agawam exterminator takes part in Lyme disease vaccine trial for rodents

AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – The first Lyme disease vaccine licensed for mice has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help prevent the disease’s spread and a local exterminator will be one of the first to give it a try.

“People don’t realize that they are the largest mover of Lyme disease in the Northeast,” said Bob Russell.

Entomologist Bob Russell is talking about mice, rodents commonly seen outside and sometimes even inside homes known for carrying diseases like Lyme disease and insects. Soon, a product will be out that can help protect you and your family from Lyme disease.

It’s called Lyme Shield, the first Lyme disease vaccine licensed for mice, mice eat the pellets coated with the vaccine filled inside this dispenser.

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