Youngstown to conduct rabies bait drop

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.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s