BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- Mercer and McDowell counties soon will receive aerial drops of bait containing an oral raccoon rabies vaccine.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bait drops could begin Aug. 28 and end in early to mid-September. The program could be extended if there is inclement weather.
The annual bait drop program is designed to control the spread of raccoon rabies.
Doris Irwin with the Mercer County Health Department tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that fish meal baits containing the vaccine will be dropped in wooded northern areas of the county. Baits will also be dropped across McDowell County.
Irwin says Mercer County had the highest number of raccoon rabies cases in the state three years ago, 14. So far this year, three cases have been reported.