Distribution of oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3
Published on: April 26, 2021
Distribution of oral rabies vaccine (ORV) baits in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3! The Cape Cod & Southeast Massachusetts Rabies Task Force will be distributing these baits by helicopter and bait station in the towns of Plymouth, Wareham, Kingston, Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville, Middleborough, Rochester, Marion, Bourne, and Sandwich from May 3-8.
These baits are meant to be distributed in areas where terrestrial rabies vectors (ie. raccoons, foxes, and coyotes) frequent, and away from areas where domestic animals and people are likely to find them. The baits are typically not harmful to people or pets, but if a bait is found, please call 877-722-6725 to report where it was located. Additionally, we ask that you obey your town’s leash law as every bait that is picked up and consumed by a dog is one that is considered a lost dose – a dose that could have gone to an unvaccinated raccoon.
Beginning May 10, ORV baits will be distributed on-Cape in the towns of Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Barnstable in efforts to prevent the reintroduction of raccoon rabies to the Cape via vehicle, bait station, and train.
Thank you for your cooperation on this important project! Please follow the Cape Cod & Southeast Massachusetts Rabies Task Force Facebook page for the latest information about rabies in southeast Massachusetts!