Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Ontarians
Ontario is continuing one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America by distributing 255,000 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
- In Brockville, on Wolfe, Howe, Simcoe, and Hill islands in St. Lawrence River as well as small areas on the mainland near Prescott and Ivy Lea
The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. Baits (pdf) are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies hotline number stamped on them. If you see baits, please leave them undisturbed.
- Ontario raccoons have been free of rabies since September 2005.
- There were only 28 cases of rabies diagnosed in Ontario in 2012. Of these cases, one was a skunk, one a cat, one a dog, and the remaining 25 cases were in bats.
- Ontario has reduced the number of rabies cases in the province by more than 99 per cent since rabies control programs began over 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.