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Rabid raccoon found in Chartwood Community of Severna Park

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 10:04:41-04

SEVERNA PARK, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is trying to locate anyone who may have come in contact with a raccoon near the intersection of Wellerburn Avenue and Faircastle Avenue in the Chartwood Community of Severna Park.

The raccoon, which was found on Tuesday, has tested positive for rabies.

If you or your pet came into contact with a raccoon, or your pet has unexplained wounds, please call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7254 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours.

Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon or bat. It is also spread when an infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or another animal.

Preventive treatment might be required for anyone who handled, fed or was attacked by the raccoon.

Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive treatment (injections) must be started as soon as possible.

The Department of Health advises county residents not to feed wild or stray animals or leave food dishes outside. Pet owners should also keep their animals’ rabies vaccinations current.