Rabies vaccines dropped around state

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Imagine finding a mysterious packet in your dog's vomit. Due to a years-old practice, something meant to keep us virus-free could leave you with questions.

"The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is working on a program of dropping oral vaccination bait along Alabama," said Dr. Karen Hill Sheppard, director of Huntsville Animal Services.

One million baits, coated with things like fishmeal attractant are being dropped. Once eaten by urban wildlife like raccoons, it vaccinates them so they cannot infect you, your children, or pets should they interact.

Dr. Sheppard goes on to say that it will not harm your pet, but you should still handle it with gloves, and put it in a plastic bag should you encounter them.

People with compromised immune systems or dermatitis can experience complications if they directly come into contact with the vaccination inside the bait.