ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A rabid raccoon was found last week at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have recently come in contact with the raccoon, which was found on Sept. 12 and tested positive for rabies.
Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a raccoon, fox 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.
Anyone who had contact with a raccoon should call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 443-481-3140 after business hours. In addition, anyone whose pet was bitten or scratched by a raccoon should call county Animal Control at 410-222-8900.
Preventive treatment might be required for anyone who had contact with a raccoon. The health department is asking county residents not to feed stray or wild animals or leave food dishes outside. For more information about rabies, go to http://www.aahealth.org/programs/env-hlth/orv/rabies-fact.
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