(11/16/2001)
The state has completed the dropping of 800,000 rabies vaccine-bearing baits from airplanes that have covered over twenty counties, including Calhoun. The vaccination program is designed to stop the slow-spreading rabies outbreak in West Virginia.

"Our goal is to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies from going westward," said Dr. Henry Taylor, the Bureau of Public Health.

Low flying aircraft started the process on September 11, the day of the terrorist attack, and the program was temporarily halted.

The USDA provided $1.2 million for the project.


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