OCEAN CITY, Md. - A man in Ocean City was attacked by a rabid raccoon, Worcester County Health Department confirmed.
The health department reported it was notified Tuesday morning that there was an aggressive raccoon near Northside Park that attacked one person and charged at two others. Officials confirmed that the racoon was later captured and put down.
The incident is part of an ongoing rabies issue in Worcester County and affects local wildlife, health department officials said. The animals most frequently confirmed with rabies in the county are raccoons, followed by foxes, skunks, groundhogs and cats.
The health department recommends the following tips to protect your pets and family from rabies exposure:
Any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this or other rabies suspect wildlife may be at risk of a rabies exposure. To report any contact with or exposure to this raccoon, call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 or 410-352-3234. Any potential exposures should be reported immediately so that a risk assessment can be done.
For more information about rabies visit the health department's website http://worcesterhealth.org .