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Douglas County Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits

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The Douglas County Health Department continues its efforts to prevent the spread of wild rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccines for raccoons. The department partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fish and Wildlife Services, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and other local agencies to distribute the baits. The baits will be distributed over a 62 square mile area in the county, from Interstate 680 east to west from the Missouri River on the north, with the western boundary being Interstate 680 southbound to Interstate 80 , according to the department. The southern boundary is Harrison Street, east of the river and west to Interstate 80, with the eastern boundary being the Missouri River-Iowa state line. to a stray rabid kitten identified with the raccoon rabies virus variant, which is a new variant of rabies in Nebraska,” the department said in a statement. Approximately 18,000 baits will be distributed between the 1st and 15th November, but most will be by November. The baits are coated with a fishmeal attractant and are packaged in a two-inch packet, similar to a ketchup packet. More than 280 million doses have been safely distributed since the program began in the eastern U.S. They are safe for many animals, including domestic dogs and cats, but consuming “multiple baits may temporarily upset the stomach of your pet.” The ministry said humans and pets cannot contract rabies from coming into contact with bait. “If you or your pet finds bait, leave it where you found it , unless it is in your driveway or another area unlikely to attract raccoons. When touching intact bait, they give off a strong fishy odor,” the department said in a statement. The department advises using a glove to move the bait to an area of ​​heavier coverage. If you come into contact with bait or liquid vaccine, immediately rinse the affected area with warm water and soap. The department says this is the first time the baits will be used in Nebraska. Get the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7

The Douglas County Health Department continues its efforts to prevent the spread of wild rabies by distributing oral rabies vaccines for raccoons.

The department partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fish and Wildlife Services, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and other local agencies to distribute the baits.

The baits will be distributed over a 62 square mile area in the county, from Interstate 680 east to west from the Missouri River on the north, with the western boundary being Interstate 680 southbound to Interstate 80 , according to the department. The southern boundary is Harrison Street, east of the river and west of Interstate 80, with the eastern boundary being the Missouri River-Iowa state line.

“The oral rabies vaccine bait distribution program in Omaha is part of a multi-tiered emergency rabies response following a stray rabid kitten identified with the raccoon rabies virus variant, which is a new variant of rabies in Nebraska,” the department said in a statement. .

About 18,000 baits will be distributed between Nov. 1 and 15, but most will be distributed by Nov. 4, the department said.

The baits are coated with a fishmeal attractant and are packaged in a two-inch pouch, similar to a ketchup packet. More than 280 million doses have been safely distributed since the program began in the eastern United States.

They are safe for many animals, including domestic dogs and cats, but eating “multiple baits may temporarily upset your pet’s stomach.” The department said humans and pets cannot contract rabies by coming into contact with the baits.

“If you or your pet finds bait, leave it where you found it, unless it is in your driveway or another area unlikely to attract raccoons. Although it may not “There is no harm in touching bait in good condition, it gives off a strong fishy odor,” the ministry said. in a report.

The department advises using a glove to move the bait to an area of ​​thicker cover. If you come into contact with the bait or liquid vaccine, immediately rinse the affected area with warm water and soap.

The department says this is the first time these baits will be used in Nebraska.

Get the latest headlines from KETV NewsWatch 7

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