The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will begin the annual fall oral rabies vaccination operations Friday in the state.

According to the release, the baiting will be done in 14 northeast Ohio counties.

The bait will cover 4,825 square miles and should be completed by September 3.

The release says approximately 800,000 baits will be dropped by helicopter and ground vehicles.

Residents should be aware of low-flying aircraft and keep pets and children away from the rabies bait.

Locally, the bait will be dropped in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

Twelve animals were confirmed to have rabies last year in Ohio. They were found in Carroll, Mahoning, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas counties.

A raccoon found in Boardman tested positive for rabies last Friday.

Two dogs that encountered the infected raccoon are in quarantine for 180 days because they were not up to date on their rabies vaccine

Two other confirmed rabies cases have occurred in Tuscawaras and Ashtabula counties.