The Province issued a release, yesterday morning, about the upcoming effort to control and eradicate rabies from the province as recent cases have been popping up in the southern regions.
They say that beginning in August aircraft will be dropping rabies vaccine baits across Eastern and Southern Ontario, including the Stratford, Hamilton, and Niagara Peninsula areas. They are meant to target mostly rural and forested areas; however they can land in more populated areas as well. They are meant to prevent the spread of rabies by inoculating the local wildlife populations.
Additionally, ground crews will work through the summer and into the late fall to hand-drop baits in urban areas and cities throughout the raccoon rabies control zone, which includes Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford, Toronto, Kitchener and Niagara Falls.
The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. The baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies information number stamped on them. If you see baits, please do not disturb them.
Quick Facts Provided by the Province:
- The public should not feed, trap, or transport wildlife.
- Exposure to a bait is not harmful to people or pets. However, if a person or a pet comes in contact with the vaccine in the bait, contacting a doctor or veterinarian as a precaution is recommended.
- The province works with municipal public health services, local animal control services, First Nations, trappers and animal rehabilitators to perform rabies tests on raccoons, skunks and other wildlife that are behaving strangely in key areas.
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