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Rabies infected raccoon in Anne Arundel County, protect your pet

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 11:16:46-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have come in contact with a raccoon near the intersection of Broadneck Road and Middletown Road in the Whispering Woods Community in Annapolis, Maryland.

The raccoon was found on October 9 and tested positive for rabies. If you or your pet had contact with a raccoon, or your pet has unexplained wounds, please 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 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 animal's rabies vaccinations current.