BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The Baltimore City Health Department is urging anyone who may have recently come into contact with a raccoon in the Roland Park community to immediately call the Office of Acute Communicable Disease.
On Tuesday, Animal Control picked up a raccoon on Schenley Road. The animal later tested positive for rabies.
Officials say rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system and can be deadly.
It can spread to humans through the bite of an affected animal or saliva from the animal that gets into an open wound, eyes, nose, or mouth.
Rabies cannot be contracted by petting a rabid animal or having contact with their blood, urine, or feces.
Experts suggest that pet owners don't allow their animals to roam free, and to have their dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated regularly.
Parents are also encouraged to teach their children to stay away from animals they don't know.
Other precautionary tips include covering your garbage cans, not leaving pet food outside, and prevent bats from entering your home.
In the case you are bitten or exposed to a possibly rabid animal, the Health Department says you should immediately wash the wound with soap and water, and if possible use a disinfectant flush while also seek medical treatment.
The number to the Office of Acute Communicable Disease is 410-396-4436 or 410-396-3100 after hours.