The Allegheny County Health Department is distributing raccoon rabies vaccine baits throughout the county from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. Helicopters will be used in South Fayette Township from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21. Residents may see the helicopters moving slowly over the same area multiple times within a short period of time.
Humans and pets should avoid contact with the baits. Please use extra caution in the Off-Leash Dog Zone at Fairview Park in South Fayette. The risk of adverse effects to human and animals is minimal, but the health department urges the public to avoid contact with the bait if possible. If you must move a stray bait, you should pick it up using a shovel or a rubber or latex glove.
Keep dogs on a leash, indoors or confined to their property as much as possible during the baiting and for a week afterward.