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Officials searching for person who left dead raccoon in box

Raccoon tested positive for rabies
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Posted at 3:22 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 15:22:38-05

If you surrendered a dead raccoon to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, officials want to speak with you. 

Animal Control says a dead raccoon was found inside of a cardboard box at the rear of the Department of Health building on Maxwell Frye Road. Officials say the dead raccoon tested positive for rabies, so they want to make sure the person who dropped it off is not infected. 

If you or someone you know dropped off the raccoon, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 weekdays or 443-481-3140 after business hours immediately.

Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, or when the infected animal's saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or open cut of a person or another animal. 

According to the department of health, preventive treatment might be required for anyone who handled, fed or was attacked by the surrendered raccoon. Preventive treatment or additional care may be required for any domestic animal that had contact with the raccoon. Rabies is a fatal disease, and the preventive treatment (vaccines) must be started as soon as possible.