Self-Vaccination Mechanism


Vac-Trap self-vaccination mechanism for use with wild animals, developed by George M. Baer (1936-2009), head of the Rabies Laboratory at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and tested by William G. Winkler (1932-2013), a veterinarian with the CDC.

Ref: George M. Baer and William G. Winkler, “Oral Rabies Immunization of Carnivores,” U.S. Patent 4,014,991 (March 27, 1977).

William G. Winkler and Konrad Bőgel, “Control of Rabies in Wildlife,” Scientific American 266 (June 1992): 86-93.

"Rabies is Spreading Rapidly Here, Disease Center Warns," Washington Post (Oct. 21, 1982), pp. A1, A31.

“Death of Former CDC Employee and Noted Rabies Expert—George M. Baer, DVM, MPH,” One Health Initiative (June 17, 2009).

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, The Antibody Initiative, Health & Medicine, Antibody Initiative: Rabies


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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. William G. Winkler

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0320.01Catalog Number: 1993.0320.01Accession Number: 1993.0320

Object Name: vaccinator, rabiestrap, animal

Physical Description: metal, steel (overall material)green (overall color)steel; paint (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 25.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 17.5 cm; 10 1/32 in x 5 5/16 in x 6 7/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1147429

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