Hubbard chosen for rabies bait drop

HUBBARD – Hubbard police announced Monday that the annual Oral Rabies Vaccination Baiting program is slated to begin in selected areas of Trumbull County. Hubbard was one of the communities selected for the baiting, which will be done by fixed wing aircraft by the Division of Wildlife from Aug. 20 to 23. Helicopter baiting will be from Aug. 25 to 29.

To protect Ohioans and their domestic animals from a strain of rabies in wild raccoons, the Ohio Department of Health partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service, Wildlife Services to implement a program to immunize wild raccoons for rabies using an oral rabies vaccine.

The 2014 OVR bait operation will take place from Aug. 20 until Sept. 19, and cover more than 4,158 square miles in 14 counties in northeast Ohio.

If a bait is eaten by a domestic pet, such as a dog:

A few baits are not harmful, although pets who eat a lot may cause vomiting of diarrhea. Residents are advised to take baits away from their pets, and if they are eaten, to confine the pet for a couple of days and check the area for more baits.

Avoid your pet’s saliva for 24 hours and wash any skin or wounds that may have been licked.

If you come across baits near where your children and pets play:

Intact baits can be moved if they are found when children and pets play. Damaged baits should be bagged and disposed in the trash.Wear gloves or use a paper towel when picking up the bait.

Toss intact baits into a fence row, woodlot, ditch or other raccoon habitat area. Wash your hands well with soap and water after any skin contact with damaged bait.

Contact with intact baits is not harmful. Persons who are immunocompromised, pregnant or have eczema may be at risk of a reaction if vaccine gets into a mucous membrane or open wound.

If you have found a bait or have questions, Hubbard police advise to call the Ohio Department of Health Rabies Information Line at 614-752-1029, Option 4, or one’s local health department.