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Rabid raccoons found in two Anne Arundel County communities

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 13:49:32-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have recently come in contact with a raccoon in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis or a raccoon in the Shannon Forest Community in Glen Burnie.

The raccoon in Quiet Waters was first spotted acting strangely near the Gatehouse. Then, it moved north through the woods toward the Pavilion Trail. It was captured on Tuesday, around 5:30 p.m.

The Glen Burnie raccoon was found on Wednesday, near the intersection of Shannon Forest Court and E. Howard Road.

If you or your pet came into contact with one of these raccoons, or your pet has unexplained wounds, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 on weekdays 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 must be started as soon as possible.

For online information about rabies, click here.