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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program for Raccoons Through August 31

Rabies Vaccination Program

The Allegheny County Health Department and USDA Wildlife Services will distribute raccoon rabies vaccine baits across Allegheny County through August 31. Baits will be delivered by hand from ground vehicles, by helicopters, and by fixed wing airplanes. This effort helps reduce raccoon rabies, as well as human and pet exposures to rabid animals. 

What if I find rabies baits?

Leave it alone.  However, if the bait is intact and out in the open or where contact by pets or children is possible, wearing a glove, toss it into deeper cover.

What if my pet eats a bait?

This vaccine has been shown to be safe in many different species of animals, including domestic dogs and cats.  Eating a large number of baits may cause a temporarily upset stomach in your pet, but it does not pose a long-term health risk.  Do not attempt to remove a bait from your pet's mouth; doing so may cause you to be bitten and could lead to vaccine exposure.  If your pet becomes ill from bait consumption, please contact your veterinarian for more information.


For any questions or concerns about the baits or vaccine, please call 1-877-722-6725.

For any questions about the baiting process, please call 412-350-4046.

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