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Oral Rabies Vaccine Distribution

Beginning on or about August 19th, approximately 417,000 baits containing the ONRAB oral rabies vaccine will be distributed in portions of eastern Ohio by fixed wing aircraft in rural areas and by helicopter in urban and suburban areas (Figure 1). This field trial will take place within a study area approximately 6,085 km2 (2,350 mi2) and will span portions of Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Trumbull counties.

This vaccine has been shown to be safe in many species of animals, including domestic dogs and cats. Eating a large number of baits may cause a temporarily upset stomach in your pet but does not pose a long-term health risk. Do not attempt to remove a bait from your pet's mouth; doing so may cause you to be bitten and result in a vaccine exposure. It is also recommended to contact a veterinarian as a precaution if a pet has consumed vaccine baits.

The goal of the USDA Wildlife Services’ National Rabies Management Program is to prevent the spread of rabies in terrestrial wild carnivores such as raccoons, foxes and coyotes in the U.S. by containing and eliminating the virus. The program works cooperatively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.