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Department of Health looking for man who removed rabid raccoon from roadway

Posted at 6:51 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 11:10:55-04

BALTIMORE — Baltimore County Police responded to a call about a raccoon, which tested positive for rabies and was hit by a car in the unit block of Slade Avenue on Friday, August 16.

Baltimore County Department of Health is asking to help identify the person that removed the animal from the roadway.

They say the person was driving a Toyota four-door sedan.

It is vitally important that this good Samaritan seek medical treatment immediately as contact with a rabid animal may result in death.

The Baltimore County Department of Health is advising this person or anyone who may have had direct exposure to the raccoon to seek immediate medical attention.

If you have any information about the identity of this person, you may contact the Department of Health at 410-887-5963 Monday through Friday during regular business hours, or 410-832-7182 after normal business hours.

Residents are reminded of the potential dangers of interacting with wildlife and should adhere to the following rabies prevention tips:

Rabies Prevention Tips

• Consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if the home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.

• Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.

• Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. If you feed your pets outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight.

• Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.

• Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets and do not allow your pets to roam freely.