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Posted on: September 5, 2023

Rabies Vaccine Distribution for Wildlife

Rabies Task Force Notice

The Cape Cod & Southeast MA Rabies Task Force and the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (USDA WS) will be conducting Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) in Plymouth in an effort to vaccinate wild raccoons to prevent the spread of raccoon-variant rabies to Cape Cod. 

On September 11, 2023 through September 15, 2023, helicopter distribution will occur primarily in the immediate vicinity of and around: Plymouth, Wareham, Kingston, Carver, Middleboro, Lakeville, Rochester, Marion, Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Barnstable. Weather permitting, aerial operations is anticipated to be completed in four days.

On September 11, 2023 through October 6, 2023, oral rabies vaccination baits will be distributed via bait station and by vehicle.

If You Find a Vaccine/Bait Packet

  • Use a glove or a towel to pick it up. Throw it into the woods where children and pets will not find it. If no suitable place is available, dispose of the bait in the trash.
  • If you or another person has had contact with the liquid vaccine, wash the area thoroughly after handling the vaccine/bait packet. If your pet has eaten or had contact with a bait, it is not harmful to them. In both cases, please report the contact to 877-722-6725.

For more information on the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Vaccination Program call (508) 476-2956, or call the Plymouth Department of Environmental Affairs (508) 322-3365, or visit the Department of Public Health or the Cape Cod & Southeast Rabies Task Force

View Frequently Asked Questions regarding Oral Rabies Vaccine Distribution for Wildlife.

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