Vermont rabies bait drop to begin in most of state

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says the annual rabies bait drop is due to begin.

Weather permitting, the weeklong drop that tries to inoculate raccoons against rabies by getting them to eat vaccine-laced bait is scheduled to begin on Monday.

This year bait will be spread in eight Vermont counties.

Bait will be dropped from airplanes into rural parts of the state, especially along the Canadian border, and placed by hand in more urban areas.

The Health Department says 18 of 31 animals that tested positive for rabies so far this year were in Chittenden County. But Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson says police in Burlington and South Burlington are doing a good job of capturing animals that are acting strangely.

The bait is slightly larger than a quarter.

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