Rabies Alerts

Reported wildlife sightings help bait distribution planning in a general area, not individual properties or addresses. Sightings are kept on record for three years.

2023 baiting will take place from August 31 through September 30. Sightings received after August 28 will not be included in this year's planning.

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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 the 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 animals’ rabies vaccinations current.

To get a free fact sheet on rabies, call 410-222-7254.