Plan Underway to Minimize Spread of Rabies in Raccoons

  MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – As aspect of the ongoing effort to cut down the presence…


MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – As aspect of the ongoing effort to cut down the presence of the rabies virus in wildlife, New York State will as soon as yet again be taking part in a nationally coordinated exertion to halt the unfold of raccoon rabies in 16 states. Ongoing discipline analysis of an oral rabies vaccine (ORV) identified as ONRAB will come about in New York and Vermont which includes in Chautauqua and other western New York counties. These sites ended up selected in component because of ongoing collaborations with partners from Canada to guard human and animal wellness and reduce significant charges related with dwelling with rabies across wide geographic areas.


Aerial and hand distribution of ONRAB baits is using area in New York from July 26 – August 24, 2021.  Relying on temperature and other scheduling things, distribution of baits in Chautauqua County is anticipated to arise from August 18th to 20th.  The baits will be dropped in the northern region of Chautauqua County by a low traveling plane.  This involves an space from the Village of Brocton, and Cities of Portland, Arkwright, and Villenova.  The spot extends north into pieces of Erie and Cattaraugus counties.


The ONRAB bait is made up of a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) blister pack, that contains the vaccine. To make the baits beautiful, the blister packs are coated with a sweet attractant that includes vegetable-primarily based fats, wax, icing sugar, vegetable oil, synthetic marshmallow taste, and dim-environmentally friendly food stuff-grade dye. Humans and pets cannot get rabies from make contact with with the bait. Even so, persons who come upon baits instantly are requested to depart them undisturbed. 


Even though the baits are not destructive to human beings or animals, if human speak to with bait occurs, right away rinse the get hold of spot with heat h2o and soap.  If puppies call the bait do not endeavor to get rid of bait from your dog’s mouth, it will not hurt the pet if ingested.


The Chautauqua County Division of Overall health & Individuals Products and services encourages people to be aware of wildlife and go away wild animals by yourself when they are encountered. This 12 months there has been just one incident of a rabid raccoon biting an personal and very last yr there were being two different incidents of rabid raccoon bites in Chautauqua County.  These incidents resulted in the raccoons being killed and then examined for rabies. Even so, if a raccoon or bat has been managed by a particular person and released, it is unfamiliar if the animal was rabid, resulting in a prospective rabies publicity and treatment for rabies as a result of a series of rabies vaccine shots.  If a man or woman is exposed to rabies and not addressed, it practically generally outcomes in demise.  


“These relatively recent incidents serve as a reminder to people, specially outdoor lovers, like hikers or hunters, that rabies is a severe general public health issue and carries on to be present in Chautauqua County,” reported William Boria, County Director of Environmental Health and fitness Solutions.  “Raccoons and other wild animals must be avoided and by no means managed when encountered.”


“The incredibly actual and scary fact is that roughly 1 in 10 animals contaminated by the rabies virus will turn out to be aggressive and attack with no provocation. Other rabid animals could look tame or docile, and effectively-meaning animal enthusiasts could be tempted to catch and assist the animals,” mentioned Boria.  “People could hear orphaned animals crying for their mom and feel they need to care for the animals.  Nonetheless, when people just take wild or feral animals house they develop a actual risk for them selves and their people.”


It is unlawful to relocate or harbor wild animals and it is also incredibly unsafe.  An overall relatives could will need to be treated for rabies exposure just after an animal has been brought house. 


In accordance to the Facilities for Sickness Handle and Prevention, greater than 90 p.c of documented rabies cases in the United States are in wildlife. The cooperative USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Companies, Countrywide Rabies Management Plan (NRMP) was established in 1997 to prevent the more distribute of wildlife rabies in the U.S. by containing and inevitably eradicating the virus in terrestrial mammals. The bulk of the NRMP attempts are centered on controlling raccoon rabies, which continues to account for most of the noted wildlife rabies instances in the U.S. Raccoon rabies happens in all states east of the recognized ORV zone that extends from Maine to northeastern Ohio to central Alabama. Continued accessibility to oral vaccine and bait selections that are efficient in all concentrate on wildlife species remains vital to prolonged term good results.


In the course of 2011, the NRMP worked with other Federal, State, and community partners to carry out the to start with raccoon ORV discipline trial in the U.S. in above 20 decades. This area trial has been properly built-in into extensive rabies management programs that resulted in elimination of raccoon rabies from Canada. Encouraging outcomes are also becoming viewed in the U.S. with the target of reducing the variant of the rabies virus that cycles in raccoons. 

If you have thoughts about the bait, phone the USDA Rabies Hotline at (888) 574-6656.  If you have general concerns about the ONRAB program in New York, please make contact with the Wildlife Providers workplace in Rensselaer, NY at (518) 268-2289.  If you have issues about rabies in Chautauqua County connect with (716) 753-4481.  Take a look at the USDA web page at for a website link to a recent map of the bait fall region and to understand more about the National Rabies Administration Program.