- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Raccoons in parts of East and Middle Tennessee will be vaccinated for rabies under a U.S. Agriculture Department program.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the Agriculture Department will distribute an oral vaccine for selected counties. The vaccine is placed inside a fishmeal block or coated with fishmeal known to attract raccoons and placed in suitable habitat.

Residents should leave the bait alone and instruct children to do the same, but if found where children or pets play, wear gloves and move the bait to a suitable habitat. If a pet consumes the bait, confine the animal and avoid the pet’s saliva for 24 hours, washing any skin that has been licked.

The state says ground crews and aircraft will distribute the vaccine.

For more information, call (866) 487-3297.

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