|Rabies Exposures and Animal Bite Investigations|
If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, or if you find a bat in the living area of your home, or your pet has been exposed to a rabies suspect animal such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, stray cats, contact our office for further assistance.
|2016||6||5 raccoons, 1 skunk|
|2014||23||18 raccoons, 1 fox, 1 bat, 2 cats, 1 skunk|
|2013||46||40 raccoons, 3 foxes, 1 groundhog, 1 bat, 1 dog|
|2012||19||16 raccoons, 2 foxes, 1 groundhog|
|2011||16||11 raccoons, 2 skunks, 2 groundhogs, 1 cat|
|2010||26||18 raccoons, 6 foxes, 2 cats|
|2009||52||45 raccoons, 5 foxes, 1 opossum, 1 cat|
Many of these confirmed rabid animals, as well as many other suspect animals that were unable to be tested, had contact with pets or people. It is extremely important that pets' rabies vaccinations stay current and that these encounters are reported so that testing and proper rabies risk assessments can be made for the people and pets involved.
- For a line by line listing of confirmed and supect rabies investigations for 2016, click here.
- For a line by line listing of confirmed and suspect rabies investigations for 2015, click here.
- For a line by line listing of laboratory confirmed positive rabies cases and suspect positve rabies investigations for 2014, click here.
- Worcester County map of Laboratory Confirmed Rabid Animals found 2009-2014, click here.
- For a line by line listing of laboratory confirmed positive rabies cases and suspect positive rabies investigations for 2013, click here.
- For more information about rabies in Maryland, visit www.dhmh.maryland.gov
• Maryland and Worcester County laws require current rabies vaccinations for all cats, dogs and ferrets four months and older. Rabies vaccinations (shots) are available at any veterinary clinic and should be a part of your pet's routine health care.
• The Worcester County Health Department together with Worcester County Animal Control offers rabies clinics throughout the county.
• The next clinics will be in the spring of 2016. You may call Animal Control at 410-632-1340 or our office at 410-641-9559 for updated information.
• The cost per pet is $5 for Worcester County residents and $10 per pet for non residents. Please bring proof of residency. Dogs must be on leashes and under the control of an adult. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers with air holes. In order to receive a 3 year booster shot you must bring your pet’s previous vaccination certificate.
This information is provided by the Environmental Health Program.