RABIES ALERT- October 16, 2020
Two Rabid Raccoons Found in Anne Arundel County: One in Shannon Forest Community and One at Quiet Waters Park
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have recently come in contact with a raccoon in Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis or anyone coming in contact with a raccoon in the Shannon Forest Community in Glen Burnie.
The Quiet Waters raccoon was first spotted acting strangely near the Gatehouse; then it moved north through the woods toward the Pavilion Trail. The raccoon was captured around 5:30 p.m. on October 13.
The rabid Glen Burnie raccoon was found on October 14 near the intersection of Shannon Forest Court and E. Howard Road.
If you or your pet had contact with a raccoon, or your pet has unexplained wounds, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at 410-222-7256 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 443-481-3140 after business hours.
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 an 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.
For online information about rabies, click here.