Planes, Helicopters to Drop Rabies Vaccine in NE Alabama
October 2, 2015
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  • Health officials plane to use airplanes and helicopters to distribute rabies vaccine for raccoon across 10 counties in north Alabama.

    The state health agency says packets of the vaccine will be dropped across the eastern Tennessee Valley over a 10-day period beginning Oct. 5.

    Most of the packets are meant for rural areas, but workers will distribute some of the vaccine on foot in cities including a small portion of Huntsville.

    And officials say some of the vaccine packets dropped by aircraft could wind up around homes. The plastic bags smell bad because they’re covered with fishmeal crumbs to attract animals.

    The vaccine will be distributed in parts of Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties.

    The work is part of a national anti-rabies program.