State to airdrop rabies vaccine

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Planes will be in the skies across northern Vermont beginning August 22nd as part of an effort to vaccinate wildlife against rabies.

The Health Department says 215,000 doses of rabies vaccine embedded in fish cakes will be dropped from planes in an area stretching from the Canadian border into Chittenden and Washington counties.

A total of 2700 square miles will be covered by the effort, which is being done in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Canada and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The fish cakes attract such wildlife as skunks and raccoons, which are vaccinated against rabies after eating them.

There have been 38 cases of rabies in the state this year, most in skunks and raccoons.

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