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Raccoon tests positive for rabies in Annapolis

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 12:17:45-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is looking for anyone who may have come in to contact with a rabid raccoon.

The raccoon was found near the intersection of Bay Ridge Road and Magnolia Ridge Road in the Keyes Farm Community in Annapolis.

The raccoon, which was found on February 8, tested positive for rabies.

If you or your pet had contact with a raccoon, or your pet has unexplained wounds, please call 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.

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.