On September 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University will install bait stations containing oral rabies vaccines in Brooklyn and Queens. The City has allowed the use of oral rabies vaccines on public properties. Bait stations will be installed in parks and other wooded areas.
This will help vaccinate raccoons against rabies and does not pose a serious health risk for people or pets. The vaccine bait is a liquid contained in small packages that are the size of ketchup packets.
People should not touch these bait packets. Touching the liquid vaccine could cause a rash.
The bait is not harmful to pets and cannot cause rabies. If pets find it, do not try to take it away from them.
For general questions about the Wildlife Oral Rabies Vaccination Program you can contact Cornell University at (607) 253-3968.