Wildlife Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will coordinate a wildlife vaccination program for rabies using airdrops to deliver vaccinated bait from August 20, 2019 until August 29, 2019. This program is a team effort for the County, Cornell University’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services. This program will deliver an estimated 407,100 rabies vaccine baits in Erie and Niagara County this month.

Five fixed-wing aircraft will distribute bait to rural areas, weather permitting, from August 20, 2019 - August 23, 2019. Helicopters are used to distribute bait in suburban towns and villages and in open areas of the city of Buffalo from August 24, 2019 - August 29, 2019. This schedule will depend on the weather. In densely populated urban areas, ECDOH Division of Environmental Health Rabies Disease and Vector Control staff will distribute baits by hand from August 24, 2019 - August 28, 2019.

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Phone: (716) 858-7690

Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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