Don't be shocked when you see low-flying helicopters all over Western New York this week.

The helicopters are part of the Erie County's Health Department rabies vaccine drop to help limit rabies in wildlife across Western New York.

According to their website, helicopters will be the first to make the drop and that will be followed by ground bait distribution.

Helicopter distribution will start around July 30-August 3, depending on weather conditions. Ground bait distribution in urban and suburban areas of Erie County will take place approximately July 29-August 3. Fixed wing aircraft will run from about August 15-17 for counties in Western New York: Erie, Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming, also depending on weather conditions. Each year, the USDA distributes about one million baits throughout New York.

Officials with the health department are also telling people that they should Not Touch these tablets. If you do come in contact with one of these packets, you need to call the NYSDOH Rabies Information Line (888) 574-6656 with questions or concerns.

Most packets will be eaten by wildlife within four days; almost all baits will be gone within a week. If packets are not found and eaten, they will harmlessly dissolve and the exposed vaccine will become inactivated.

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If you must move a vaccine packet, wear gloves or use a plastic bag or paper towel to pick it up. Place any damaged baits in the trash; throw intact baits into a wooded area for wildlife to consume.

If you do touch a bait trap, you should wash your hands immediately and call the NYSDOH Rabies Information Line.

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