2013 Oral Rabies Vaccine Program | Environment
The Wildlife Services (WS) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working with the Ohio Department of Health to protect people and pets from the threat of rabies in northeast Ohio. WS is distributing an oral rabies vaccine (ORV) bait to vaccinate raccoons, foxes, and coyotes and help stop further spread of rabies. ORV baits are about the size of a matchbox and are coated with fishmeal flavoring or a sweet vanilla wax. ORV baits can be distributed by airplane, helicopter, or car.
The ORV baits will be distributed between August 26 and September 20, 2013. Approximately 270,000 baits containing the ONRAB oral rabies vaccine will be distributed in portions of northeast Ohio.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Here’s the 2013 Fall ORV baiting schedule:
August 28 Solon
August 29 Mayfield Village, Mayfield Hts., Highland Hts.,Richmond Hts., Euclid
August 30 Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Beachwood, University Hts.
September 3 Bedford, Bedford Hts., Hunting Valley, Pepper Pike
September 4 Cleveland Hts., East Cleveland, Garfield Hts., Woodmere, Maple Hts., Oakwood Village, Highland Hills
September 5 Independence, Valley View, Walton Hills, South Euclid, North Randall
September 6 Orange Village, Warrensville Hts., Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Twp., Moreland Hills, Lyndhurst
If you find rabies baits here’s what the agencies say to do:
• Leave them alone, unless they are where children or pets play. To move ORV baits safely, you should:
• Wear gloves or use a paper towel or plastic bag when picking up the baits.
• Toss intact baits into a wooded area or other raccoon habitat.
• Bag and dispose of any damaged baits in the trash.
• Take precautions by practicing proper hygiene – wash with soap and water any skin or wounds that may have come into contact with ORV baits, especially if the bait was damaged.
• The bait may cause a cold-like infection in people who come into contact with the liquid vaccine through eyes, nose, and mouth or broken skin.
Here’s advice for pet owners if they discover that their pet have eaten bait:
• Don’t panic! A few baits are not harmful, but eating a large number may cause an upset stomach.
• Do not risk getting bitten or being exposed to the vaccine by taking bait away from your pet.
• Check the area for more bait and relocate any remaining baits to a wooded area.
• If your pet eats bait, avoid your pet’s saliva for 24 hours, and wash skin or wounds that may have been licked.
If you have any questions or concerns about ORV or bait you have found call the Rabies Information Line at 614-752-1387 or your local health department at 216-201-2000.