The Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program is for the immunization of raccoons in the wild. The purpose of the program is to create a barrier to prevent raccoon rabies from spreading further west. The ORV Program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations. A vaccination zone has been established from Maine to Alabama to prevent the westward and northward spread of raccoon rabies. Virginia has participated in this interstate effort since 2002. Baits containing rabies vaccine are distributed within the area of Virginia highlighted below.
Oral Rabies Vaccine Tips