(07/24/2002)
Thirty-four West Virginia counties will have pellets dropped from the air to prevent the spread of rabies. Calhoun is on the edge of the slow-moving rabies outbreak, according to the West Virginia Department of Health.

The goal is to vaccinate raccoons and other wild animals that carry the disease.

The vaccine-laced baits will be dropped from a plane which will cover over 9000 miles. Officials say the vaccine is not harmful to other animals or people.

Last year the low-flying, slow-moving planes flew over the area during the the September 11 incident, causing considerable concern.

The air drops will start in the middle of August.

Regional counties include Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Ritchie and Roane.


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