Centreville, MD (WNAV) — Queen Anne’s County officials say there’s been a rabid raccoon attack in that portion of the Eastern Shore.
County health officer, Dr. Joseph Ciotola says, in a release posted on QAC.org,
“This case stresses the importance of raising public awareness about the risk of rabies exposure.”
Although human rabies cases are preventable and rare, the disease can be fatal once contracted. People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but rare, for people to get rabies from non-bite exposures, which can include scratches, abrasions, or open wounds that are exposed to saliva or other potentially infectious material from a rabid animal.
If you think you have been exposed to rabies it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Rabies is untreatable once symptoms show.
- Vaccinate Pets
- Stay away from wildlife
- Report sick wildlife toll free (877) 463-6497
- For more information about the rabies virus visit https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/about.html