YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you see someone in a Youngstown city vehicle throw something out of the window Wednesday, they aren’t littering. The city will be conducting a rabies bait drop.
Last month, state health department workers dropped the bait by air in wildlife areas Northeast Ohio, Wednesday city health workers will drop the bait packets from vehicles in wooded areas around the city.
About 3,000 packets will be dropped in the city of Youngstown to include areas of Mill Creek Park.
According to health officials, the vaccine packets are not harmful to people or pets, but they should not be touched or ingested. If you do come in contact with the bait, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
The bait drop is an effort to help reduce the number of rabid animals and exposure to rabies by humans and domestic animals.
There were five confirmed cases of rabies in Mahoning County last year. Four were in bats and one was an infected raccoon. To see all cases of rabies in Ohio last year, click here.