ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) – Federal officials will begin dropping rabies vaccines from low-flying aircraft in parts of Southwest Virginia starting Wednesday.
Oral vaccine packets coated in fishmeal are designed to target certain wildlife species.
More than 700,000 packets will be distributed in parts of Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Giles, Grayson, Scott, Smyth, Russell, Washington, Wise, Wythe, and Tazewell counties and the cities of Bristol and Abingdon.
Residents in those areas may notice low-flying aircraft.
The USDA says humans and pets cannot get rabies from the vaccine packets, however, contact should be avoided.
If contact with an ORV bait occurs, immediately rinse the area with warm water and soap. If there has been exposure to the vaccine inside the bait, please contact the Virginia Department of Health at 1-877-722-6725.