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Health Officials Warn Of Rabid Animal Increase In Worcester Co.

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WORCESTER CO., Md. - On the heels of recent reports of rabid raccoons in North Ocean City, the Worcester County Health Department has now issued a warning that the number of rabid animals are on the upswing.

So far this year, 18 animals were reported in 2013. Last year, there was a total of 19 cases reported, and a total of 16 in 2011. Officials say since the June 18th report of an aggressive, rabid racoon on 125th street, that came in contact with three people, more have been reported close by in the area between 85th street and 130th street. According to Dr. Andrea Mathias, deputy health officer and medical director for the Worcester County Health Department, many of these cases happen because the raccoon is not easily identified as sick.

"A lot of times when the animal first gets rabies it just seems to not fear people, and it will approach people and people will interpret that as "friendly" or maybe he's just looking for food."

Doctor Mathias warns that even though this area is known for its wildlife, to only look at it from a distance, and to report all suspicious cases to local law enforcement's animal control and the health department in order to secure the animal and treat whoever was involved.

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