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Rabid raccoon found in West Annapolis

Police looking for people who had contact
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Posted at 10:19 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 08:54:42-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is looking for people who may have seen or had contact with a raccoon near the intersection of Shiley Street and Melvin Avenue in West Annapolis.

The raccoon was reported found on April 28 and has tested positive for rabies.

Officials are asking anyone who had contact with the animal to contact the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 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 the infected animal’s saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cut of a person or another animal.

For online information about rabies, click here.