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Why are fish-flavored vaccines being sprinkled from the sky?


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has initiated its annual oral rabies vaccine distribution, a project that will continue through October.

This year's distribution started on Aug. 6. If you've gotten your dog vaccinated for rabies, you probably remember taking it to the veterinarian to get a shot. But these rabies vaccines are edible pellets covered in fishmeal to attract raccoons and other hungry critters.

The project is focused on preventing the spread of raccoon rabies from the eastern United States into the heartland, according to a news release from the USDA.

In rural areas, the USDA will distribute the vaccines by airplane. In suburban and urban areas, they'll arrive by helicopter or vehicle or be deposited by hand in designated "bait stations," says the release.

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