The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department has announced plans to conduct a raccoon rabies bait drop beginning August 26. The drop is part of an ongoing effort to create a rabies barrier across the state, extending from the northern panhandle to the southern coalfields.
The vaccine is administered to the raccoons by baits dropped from airplanes and hand distributed. The baits consist of vaccine packets inside of fishmeal shells.
The packets are distributed along a path that crosses 31 counties including Brooke, Hancock, Marshall,
Aerial baiting is scheduled to begin on August 28 and conclude during early to mid September.