Oral rabies vaccine baits to be set across local communities in Aug.

LISBON — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services Program, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), will be distributing Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) baits beginning Monday and continuing through Aug. 24.

ORV baits will be distributed in eastern Ohio counties including Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, Portage and Stark.

Baits will be distributed by plane in rural areas of the county and ground baiting in the areas of Lisbon and East Palestine.

If finding a ORV bait, leave it alone, unless they are where children or pets play. To move the baits safely, wear gloves or use a barrier 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. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with baits. An intact bait poses no risk. If the blister packet containing the vaccine breaks the liquid vaccine should be visible. Use gloves to place the bait in a plastic bag. Cover the bait with 1:10 dilution of household bleach, and wipe down affected areas with bleach solution. Place cleaning materials in a bag, and dispose of the bag in regular garbage.

If a pet is eating the bait, don’t panic. Eating a large number may only cause an upset stomach. Do not attempt to remove a bait from the pet’s mouth; doing so may cause a bite and result in a vaccine exposure. It is also recommended to contact a veterinarian as a precaution if a pet has consumed vaccine baits. Avoid the pet’s saliva for 24 hours to prevent contamination.

In the event of human or pet contact with the bait/vaccine, contact the Rabies Information Line at the Ohio Department of Health at 888-574-6656 or 614-752-1387.


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