Rabies-vaccine-baiting program for raccoons wraps up this week.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Prompted by recent incidents in which people or pets were potentially exposed to rabid bats, the Allegheny County Health Department is urging residents to report all bats found in the home because of the risk of rabies. The health department emphasized the importance of reporting bats that are found in areas where people sleep, even when a person is not sure if he or she has been bitten and exposed to the bat's saliva. Bat bites can be so tiny they may leave no marks visible to the naked eye and so painless they may not even be felt by someone while sleeping, a health department press release said. Bat encounters should be reported to ACHD immediately by calling 412-687-ACHD (2243). Health officials will evaluate the risk and test the bat…
Allegheny County Health Department employees will start distributing the bait Aug. 15.
Friday, July 29, 2011
In a proactive move to fight rabies, Allegheny County will begin distributing raccoon bait containing rabies vaccine Aug. 15 . Employees with the Allegheny County Health Department will distribute the bait by hand, on foot and from vehicles in all the county's municipalities. Two types of bait will be used: one in which vaccine contained in a plastic sachet is enclosed in fishmeal pellets and a second in which the plastic sachet is coated with fish oil scent. The vaccine, when consumed by the raccoons, helps them develop antibodies to the rabies virus. The baits pose no threat to humans or pets, according to the health department. Rabies is a viral infection that can affect the nervous system of any mammal, including humans. It is …