Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Project
Note: The annual Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Project has not been conducted since 2011 due to budget changes in 2012 with Wildlife Services of the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, along with Wildlife Services of the United States Department of Agriculture, conducted its annual Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccine Project from 1998 to 2011. The goal of the project was to immunize thousands of wild raccoons by placing baits containing rabies vaccine in Anne Arundel County. In 2011, approximately 70,000 baits were spread throughout Anne Arundel County. Immunizing the raccoon population helps to reduce the number of rabid animals and the human and pet exposures to rabies.
In 2011, Anne Arundel County reported 4 cases of terrestrial (ground dwelling) animal rabies. This is considerably less than the 71 reported in 1998 and 96 in 1997. This decrease was partly due to the success of the Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Project on the Annapolis Peninsula, which began in October 1998. The project added the Broadneck Peninsula in 2001, and it expanded to cover the entire County in 2003.
For more information, call the Bureau of Environmental Health, 410-222-0056, extension 3028.