Wildlife Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program

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Program overview

In coordination with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will participate in a wildlife vaccination program for rabies.  Bait will be distributed by aircraft and by workers on the ground.  

  • July 31, 2002 - August 4, 2002 or upon bait arrival: Ground and hand-baiting distributed in more densely populated urban areas by ECDOH and USDA personnel.
  • July 31, 2002 - August 4, 2002: Helicopters will drop bait to suburban towns and villages and open areas of the City of Buffalo.
  • August 15-18, 2022: Fixed wing aircraft will distribute vaccine packets to rural areas. 
  • All distributions are weather-dependent.

If you see the wildlife vaccine packets

  • Call the NYSDOH Rabies Information Line at (888) 574-6656 with questions or concerns
  • Do NOT disturb vaccine packets. Most packets are eaten within four days; almost all baits will be gone within a week. If packets are not found and eaten, they will harmlessly dissolve and exposed vaccine will become inactivated.
  • If you must move a vaccine packet
    • Wear gloves or use a plastic bag or paper towel to pick it up.
    • Place any damaged baits in the trash.
    • Throw intact baits into a wooded area or other raccoon/wildlife habitat.
    • Residents should WASH HANDS IMMEDIATELY if they come into direct contact with the vaccine or packets, then call the NYSDOH Rabies Information Line at (888) 574-6656.
  • Additional recommendations include
    • Supervise children’s outdoor activities during bait distribution and for one week afterward.
    • Confine dogs and cats indoors and observe leash laws during the bait distribution interval and for one week afterward.
    • This will increase the probability of raccoon vaccination and decrease the chance of pets finding the baits. 
    • Baits and vaccines are not harmful to domestic animals. However, an animal may vomit if it consumes several baits.
    • Residents should not risk being bitten while trying to remove bait from your pet’s mouth.  

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