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Getting rid of rabies in Miami-Dade
June 17, 2019 — Animal Services

graphic with foxes, a raccoon, an opossum and the words "Wildlife Rabies Vaccination Effort"

Rabies is a viral disease carried by mammals. It is deadly to humans and animals.

  • Do not touch raccoons, bats, foxes, coyotes or unvaccinated cats
  • If you are bitten, seek medical help and call 305-324-2400
  • If your pet is bitten, visit the veterinarian and call 311

Miami-Dade County workers wearing "Wildlife Rabies Prevention" T-shirts are placing edible vaccines around dumpsters, lakes and waterways in both rural and inhabited areas. The rabies vaccine bait packets, called Raboral V-RG, resemble a common ketchup packet. They are coated with fishmeal that is appetizing to wildlife such as raccoons, foxes and coyotes. Wildlife puncture the package and consume the liquid vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective and is not dangerous for people or pets. 

If a vaccine packet is found, it is best to leave the bait where you found it. If you need to move a consumed or intact vaccine packet, wear a glove or use other protective covering (i.e., paper, plastic bag), and dispose of it with your regular trash. Alternatively, you can move uneaten vaccines to a wooded area where wildlife will be more likely to find them. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after any contact with a vaccine packet.

Watch a YouTube video with more information on the effort.

 

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