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.
- Press Release: Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Scheduled for Erie County - August bait program aims to reduce incidence of rabies in local wildlife population
- Map of Distribution Area
- ORV Fact Sheet
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 2019 Oral Rabies Vaccination Program
- Oral Rabies Vaccine Information Sheet and Safety Guidelines
- Letter to Veterinarians about the ORV Program
- Letter to Medical Doctors about the ORV Program
- Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics for Cats, Dogs & Ferrets
- Animals that Tested Positive for Rabies (Erie County)
- ECDOH Rabies Information