Huron County, ON – Two cases of rabies have been identified in terrestrial animals in Huron County since December 2016. As a result, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be conducting low-level rabies vaccine baiting flights in the Blyth-Wingham areas. The flights, completed by a yellow and black helicopter, will occur in early April 2017 and should last about 2 days.
Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry says “The vaccine baits are dropped to help control rabies in foxes, raccoons and skunks”.
The baits are small and army green in colour and have a toll-free number on them. The baits, which are meant for wildlife, will not protect humans, livestock and pets from rabies. Livestock or pets may get an upset stomach if they eat one bait however, if they eat more than one, owners should consult with their veterinarians. Residents who find the bait in their yard are asked to place it in an area where wildlife may find it. Gloves should be worn when moving the bait to prevent human scent from getting on the bait.
Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to humans. It is passed to humans from saliva of infected animals. Pet owners are required by law to have all cats and dogs over three months of age immunized against rabies.
For more information, contact your local veterinary clinic or the Huron County Health Unit at 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143.
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