RABIES ALERT- April 3, 2020
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who
may have come in contact with a raccoon near the intersection of Hampton Road
and St. Margarets Drive in the Cape St. Claire Community of Annapolis,
Maryland. The raccoon, which was found on April 2, has 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 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours and holidays.
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 fox. 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 animals’ rabies vaccinations current.
For online information about rabies, click here.