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Public Health advises residents that rabies vaccine baiting is underway

Public Health is advising the community that efforts to curb the spread of rabies in wild animals will continue this summer. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is dropping rabies vaccine bait in targeted areas of the province including Wellington and Dufferin Counties from July to October this year.

MNRF baiting efforts aim to reduce rabies in the wildlife population and the serious risk the virus poses to people and their pets. Baiting will occur by hand in urban green spaces. In forested and agricultural areas, the bait will be dropped by helicopter or yellow twin otter aircraft. When a raccoon, fox, or skunk bites into the bait and swallows the vaccine, it should develop immunity to rabies in about two weeks.