Oral Rabies Vaccination Campaign and Pets, What You Need To Know

Image on the left is the Coated Sachet (CS) and image on the right is the Fishmeal Polymer (FP).

Image on the left is the Coated Sachet (CS) and image on the right is the Fishmeal Polymer (FP).

Anne Arundel County will be conducting a Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) campaign across the county to include at Fort Meade this year.

The purpose of this program is to reduce the spread of rabies among wild animals. Starting on September 18, 2014 and running thru the end of the month

The bait will be dropped via helicopter and from an official vehicle. The type used on Fort Meade will be a block-shaped brown fishmeal polymer that is approximately 0.75 inches thick by 1.25 inches square.

The bait is marked with a toll-free phone number to call for information about the ORV project.

Children and pets should be kept away from tree lines and wooded areas for two weeks after baiting to avoid accidental contact with the baits, and pets should be confined or maintained on a leash.

It is probable that some pets will still encounter and may even eat the bait, as it has a fish scent that can be attractive to dogs and cats. Any animal that eats the bait are not assumed to be vaccinated. Common side effects of eating the bait include diarrhea due to its high fat content.

Any instances where a person or animal is exposed to the bait should be reported to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at (410) 222-0056 x3025. Reports can also be faxed to (410) 222-6076.

Immunocompromized individuals (to include those with a history of exfoliative skin conditions), children and pregnant women should avoid handling the bait.

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