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Rabid Raccoon Found in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Rabid Raccoon Found at Downs Park in Pasadena

Updated: September 16, 2013

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have recently come in contact with a raccoon near Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The raccoon, which was found at the Quiet Waters Park Visitor Center on September 12, 2013, 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 without delay at 410-222-7256, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 443-481-3140 after business hours. 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. Rabies is a fatal disease, and preventive treatment (vaccines) must be started as soon as possible. The Department of Health advises County residents not to feed stray or wild animals or leave food dishes outside. Pet owners should also keep their animals’ rabies vaccinations current.

For more information about rabies, go to Rabies Facts.