Vermont’s Yearly Rabies Bait Drop Begins

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2004

Contact: Vermont Department of Health
Communication Office
863-7281

BURLINGTON – Weather permitting, low-flying planes will drop rabies vaccination bait over the northern third of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire this month.

Bait will be dropped over Grand Isle, Franklin, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex counties in Vermont and Coos County in New Hampshire. The vaccine will also be hand placed in suburban Chittenden County.

Health officials are asking pet owners in the drop zones to keep their dogs and cats indoors or away from the baits to give wild animals the opportunity to eat the vaccine, which is coated in fishmeal. The bait is not harmful to people, pets or wildlife and contact with the bait does not cause rabies.

The aim of the bait drop is to vaccinate skunks, raccoons, coyotes and foxes against the disease. So far, 16 cases of wildlife rabies have been recorded in Vermont this year.

You can get more information about rabies by going to the Vermont Department of Health website at www.HealthyVermonters.info . If you see an animal acting strangely, call the Vermont Department of Health Rabies Hotline at 1-800-640-4374 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.