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Posted: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:03am
Last updated: Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:04am

On July 2, a Charles County sheriff killed a raccoon in the vicinity of 1014 St Paul’s Drive, Waldorf. This animal had been trapped under a box for an extended period of time. Neighbors in the area reported that the animal approached domestic pets and behaved in an erratic manner.  It is presumed that the raccoon was rabid. If you believe you may have had contact with this raccoon please call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office 301-932-2222 or Mark Williams Charles County Department of Health, Environmental Services at 240-299-8597.

Rabies is a disease of animals and people, and the virus is spread through the saliva of a rabid animal. This usually occurs when a rabid animal bites or scratches another person or animal, but secondary exposure can occur from saliva off of the coat or fur of an animal that was exposed to a rabid animal. The virus may get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Domesticated animals like dogs, cats, and ferrets can get rabies from wild animals such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, opossums. Getting your pets vaccinated against rabies will prevent this from happening.

A current rabies vaccination for your pet is vital in light of the current evidence of rabies in the area.  Your local veterinary clinic or the Humane Society of Charles County can help assess your pet(s). For further information regarding rabies visit the Department of Health website at www.charlescountyhealth.org.