County Health Department Finds Rabid Racoon at Downs Park in Pasadena
Although this raccoon with rabies was found in Pasadena, I wanted to post it because people from South County go up there. In fact, I take my kids to Downs Park to watch the freighters and other ships as they head into Baltimore. We also like to check out the injured birds and animals at Scales and Tales.
For more information, visit the Anne Arundel County Health Department’s Rabies Fact sheet.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking anyone who may have recently come in contact with a raccoon near Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, in Pasadena, Maryland. The raccoon, which was found at the Downs Park Information Center on September 20, 2013, tested positive for rabies. 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.
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.
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.
In Anne Arundel County in 2013, there have been 31 confirmed cases of animal rabies reported — 20 raccoons, 10 bats and one groundhog. 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.