Raccoons in Brooklyn and Queens will be vaccinated against rabies this month by wildlife biologists from the USDA and Cornell University, according to the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Raccoons, along with bats and skunks, are a primary carrier of rabies in New York.
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The raccoons will receive the oral rabies vaccine via bait set up in wooded areas along the southern Brooklyn and Queens borders. The vaccine cannot harm humans, according to the heath department, but could cause a rash if humans come in contact with it.
More information on the program is available athttp://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/environmental/rabies-vaccine-packet-flyer.pdf