Rabies bait drop to begin

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Health and Department of Natural Resources will begin an oral rabies vaccine bait drop Tuesday.

Fourteen Ohio counties will be targeted including Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana.

Bait will be dropped in various areas by vehicle and aircraft covering 4,158 square miles.

Pets and children should be kept away from the baits. Bait should only be moved by wearing rubber gloves. The baits are not harmful to pets.

In 2013, there were 64 confirmed cases of rabies in Ohio. In Mahoning County there were four raccoon cases and one bat, Trumbull County reported two bat cases, one raccoon and three cats. There were no confirmed cases in Columbiana County. To read the county by county report, click here.

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