In the first week of April, aerial inoculations of red foxes with baits containing the vaccine will begin. The event is held annually to monitor and control the spread of rabies in wild animals in Greece.
In Central Macedonia, flights to cast vaccine baits will be carried out in the regional subdivisions of Kilkis and Pella, and in some regional subdivisions of Thessaloniki, Serres and Imathia.
According to the announcement of the Veterinary Authority of the Central Macedonia region, the procedure will not be carried out near residential urban areas and suburban areas, as well as major road networks, lake shores, etc. (so that pets are not harmed when they are taken to nature).
Supervision of the program will be carried out on a daily basis by employees of specialized departments (Τμημάτων Ζωοανθρωπονόσων της Διεύθυνσης Υγείας των Ζώων και της Τοπογραφικής της Διεύθυνσης Τεχνικών Έργων και Αγροτικών Υποδομών του Υπουργείου Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων με τη συνδρομή των αρμόδιων Κτηνιατρικών Αρχών).
The aerial vaccination program for red foxes is expected to be completed by April 30th.
In the meantime, the competent services inform citizens that if any of the bait vaccines is found in rural areas, contact with it should be avoided, especially with bare hands, since they contain a live virus of reduced infectious strength.
In case of contact with the bait vaccine, a citizen should immediately contact the medical unit.