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 during the month of August.  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. 

Five fixed-wing aircraft will distribute bait to rural areas, weather permitting, between August 11-15, 2020.  Helicopters are used to distribute bait in suburban towns and villages and in open areas of the city of Buffalo from August 16-23, 2020. This schedule is weather dependent. In densely populated urban areas, ECDOH Division of Environmental Health Rabies Disease and Vector Control staff will distribute baits by hand in the city of Buffalo, Amherst and Cheektowaga from August 16-30, 2020.

Press Release: Rabies Vaccine Airdrop Planned for Erie County: Oral rabies bait protects public health by preventing deadly virus in wildlife

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

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