18th Annual Bait Drop Underway

By Christine Souders | csouders@nexstar.tv

Published 08/11 2014 07:22PM

Updated 08/12 2014 04:26AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - To prevent the spread of rabies in Vermont., the 18th Annual Bait Drop is underway.

This will happen in 8 counties.

Vaccine in the form of sweet-scented bait will be dropped from planes in rural areas.

Pilots know to stay away from homes, roads, and people.

In places such as Burlington and St. Albans, a team of two people will hand-place the bait.

You may recall some animals in the past few months have tested positive for rabies in Chittenden County.

"By ingesting the vaccine, essentially are immunizing themselves against rabies, so we're hoping to reduce the amount of rabies in the raccoon and skunk population," said Erica Berl, Epidemiologist for Vermont Department of Health.

The health department says there are no harmful health effects for people or pets, but don't touch the bait.

If you have to remove it, use gloves and wash your hands afterwards.

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