PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake County General Health District will be cooperating with the USDA in the annual vaccination of wild animals against rabies.
Bait containing wildlife rabies vaccines will be distributed in rural areas of Lake County by airplane starting Tuesday. This vaccine targets raccoons and skunks. Officials said the previous vaccine was not very effective on skunks.
The vaccine is in an army green blister pack with a sweet, waxy coating. Officials said when the animal bites the blister pack, the vaccine coats the mouth and throat, and protects the animal from getting rabies.
Health department officials said humans and pets can't get rabies from touching the bait, but dogs may be attracted to the odor. Pet owners should be aware and watch their animals during the baiting.
Suzanne Hungerford watches her son's dog, Baxter, pretty often. Hungerford said keep a closer eye on Baxter because there are woods near her home.
"I know there is a lot of wildlife back there and we do walk back there on occasion," Hungerford said.
"We've been able to get rabies down to a minimal level, but it is not eradicated," said Nancy Niehus, Director of Environmental Health with the Lake County General Health District.
Lake County has not had a rabies case since 2011. The vaccination process will continue in northeast Ohio until Sept. 6.
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