Rabies vaccination project aims to take a bite out of JeffCo breakouts

The baits are the size of a matchbox and will be distributed throughout Homewood, Mt. Brook and Vestavia Hills.

Since 2015, the Jefferson County Department of Health said 12 animals have tested positive for Rabies. In an effort to bring that number down to zero, they will be resuming the Oral Rabies Vaccination Project.

Starting March 20th until the 23rd, the Department of Health will be distributing 10,000 baits in wooded areas in Homewood, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills.

The baits are about the size of a pack of matches and have a fishmeal coating. They are intended to give raccoons, foxes and coyotes the Rabies vaccine.

According to the JCDH, the baits are not harmful to pets if they eat a few, but eating a large amount can give your pet an upset stomach. If your pet does eat one of the baits, avoid your pet's saliva for 24 hours and clean any open cuts that they might have licked.

If you come across one of the baits:

  • Leave them alone, but move them if it's found in an area where children or pets play.
  • Wear rubber gloves, use a paper towel or bag when picking one up.
  • Place undamaged baits in a wooded area.
  • Put damaged baits in a bag and put it in the garbage.

As always, you are urged to have your pets vaccinated. Avoid coming into contact with wild or stray animals and do not leave a food source around your house.

If you have any questions regarding the baits, call the Jefferson County Department of Health at 205-930-1230 or the Rabies Information Line at 1-877-722-6725.

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