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Updated: 6:58 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 | Posted: 3:42 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
The Allegheny County Health Department is continuing its program to help control the spread of rabies.
Teams will be spreading vaccine-laced fishcakes in wooded areas and areas where raccoons like to search for food.
“This is hopefully a way to keep the rabies from coming into and spreading more in the animal population and ultimately to humans,” Environmental Health Supervisor Joe Witzel said.
Witzel said only six rabid raccoons have been reported in Allegheny County this year – down from the 23 cases reported in 2002 when the program began.
“If you have an area that you want to be baited, you can call our office and they can make arrangements to perhaps have a team stop there,” Witzel said.
About 230,000 baits will be placed around Allegheny County. Health Department officials are asking that you and your pets stay away from the fishcakes.
“It won’t vaccinate the dog. The fishmeal they use in here has a lot of oil in it. If the dog eats it, there’s a possibility they might get some diarrhea or something like that,” Witzel said.
The Health Department said they plan on sending out about 20 teams over the next few days to distribute the bait. They’re asking anyone to avoid walking dogs in wooded areas for the next five days.
The Health Department is also asking that you bring inside all pet food and secure outside garbage cans.
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