Rabies Vaccine To Be Dropped On 32 WVa Counties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lewisburg, W.Va. (AP) -- Greenbrier County, with 34 confirmed rabies cases this year, will be one of 32 counties where raccoon rabies vaccine will be dropped this month.

But the vaccine won't be dropped where most of the cases have been found.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's bait drop is designed to keep rabies from spreading west, and most of the county's cases have been found east of the drop zone.

County officials have petitioned state and federal authorities for a special drop in the Frankford/Renick area.

County sanitarian Mike Eltzroth says the USDA wouldn't move the drop zone.

The 32-county zone runs from Hancock County in the northern panhandle down to McDowell county on the state's southern border.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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