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Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Ontarians

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Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Ontarians

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario will continue with one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America by distributing 800,000 baits containing rabies vaccine this summer.

The vaccine will control the spread of rabies in skunks and foxes and help continue to keep Ontario raccoons free of rabies. The baits will be distributed in the following areas:

  • Throughout southwestern Ontario
  • In the Niagara region between Welland Canal and Niagara River, including Navy Island
  • On Wolfe, Howe and Hill islands in St. Lawrence River as well as a small area on the mainland near Brockville

The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. Baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies hotline number stamped on them. If you see baits, please leave them undisturbed.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario raccoons have been free of rabies since September 2005.
  • In 2009, there were 50 rabies cases in skunks, foxes and other wildlife in Ontario, down from 79 in 2008 and almost all cases were in southern Ontario.
  • Ontario has reduced rabies cases in the province by over 98 per cent since rabies control programs began 20 years ago.
  • 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.

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