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Tennessee Will Airdrop Vaccines from Helicopters and Small Planes to Combat Spread of Rabies

•, By Anthony Scott

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has teamed up with the Tennessee Department of Health in an attempt to combat the spread of rabies.

In the first two weeks of October, both departments will airdrop oral rabies vaccines from helicopters and small airplanes along Tennessee's border with Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

The oral vaccines will distributed through small packages coated in a fish-scented oily substance.

Once the vaccines are air-dropped, wild animals will find them and eat them, which will then make them immune to rabies.

State Epidemiologist John Dunn said in a statement, "Rabies control keeps people, pets, and livestock safe.


The Tennessee Department of Health has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to combat the spread of rabies. Starting this October, the department will be dispersing rabies vaccine packets from the air along Tennessee's borders with North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama.