Rabies baiting begins today

The Columbiana County Health Department along with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), Wildlife Services, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be distributing oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in the county today through Sept. 19.

ORV baits will be distributed in 14 eastern Ohio counties along with areas on the corridor of the Ohio River in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Baits will be distributed by plane in rural areas and ground baiting by health departments in urban and suburban neighborhoods. A helicopter will also target urban and suburban areas, parks and preserves.

People who find ORV bait are to leave it alone, unless it located where children or pets play. To move the baits safely, wear gloves or use a barrier when picking up, toss intact baits into a wooded area or other raccoon habitat. Bag and dispose of any damaged baits in the trash. Make sure to wash potential exposed skin with soap and water if bait is damaged.

If a pet is eating the bait, it may only cause an upset stomach. Avoid the pet’s saliva 24 hours to prevent contamination.

For more information, contact the Rabies Information Line at 614-752-1387 or the health department, 330-424-0272.