Anne Arundel County Department of Health officials say a raccoon found in a Pasadena park tested positive for rabies, according to a release.
Anyone who may have come in contact with the infected raccoon, which was found near Fort Smallwood Park, is asked to contact the Department of Health “without delay” at 410-222-7256 for preventative treatment. Anyone who has a pet that may have been bitten should call animal control at 410-222-8900.
The animal was found on Oct. 7 at 9500 Fort Smallwood Road.
Rabies is a fatal disease. Vaccinations may be necessary and should be started as soon as possible.
“Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a raccoon, fox or bat,”
according to the release. “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.
“In Anne Arundel County in 2013, there have been 34 confirmed cases of animal rabies reported -- 10 bats, 21 raccoons, two groundhogs and one cat. For more information about rabies, go to http://aahealth.org/rabid-raccoon-ft-smallwood ,” the release states.
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