Rabid raccoon found in Mardela Springs
MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. –
The Wicomico County Health Department announced Thursday that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.
The rabid animal was found in the area of Wallertown Road in Mardela Springs.
The Health Department is reminding residents to avoid contact with all wild or stray animals.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that exists in the saliva of mammals and is transmitted from animal to animal or from animal to human by biting and/or scratching. The virus can also be spread by licking, when infected saliva makes contact with open cuts or wounds, and with the mouth, eyes, and nose. If left untreated in humans and animals, rabies is fatal.
• Please keep the following tips in mind to protect your family and your pets:
• Keep pets confined
• Avoid all contact with wild or stray animals
• Teach children to leave unfamiliar animals alone
• Vaccinate pets – Maryland law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets, 4 months of age and older have a current rabies vaccination.
• Avoid feeding or watering pets outside
• Secure outside garbage lids
To report human or animal contact, such as bites or scratches, call the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-546-4446.