Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Ontarians
Ontario will continue with one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America by distributing 100,000 baits containing rabies vaccine this summer.
The vaccine will help continue to keep raccoons in the province free of rabies. The baits will be distributed in the following areas:
- In the Niagara region between the Welland Canal and Niagara River, including Navy Island
- On the mainland near Cornwall
These areas are being targeted because of the presence of rabid raccoons in New York near the Ontario border.
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 don't disturb them.
- Raccoons in Ontario have been free of rabies since September 2005.
- There were only 18 cases of rabies diagnosed in Ontario in 2014. All of these cases occurred 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.