Rabies can spread from animals to humans

A raccoon in a Maryland city was found to have rabies recently. The raccoon, captured in Annapolis, was tested for the rabies virus after it exhibited signs of being rabid. Rabies is a virus that is spread by a bite or scratch from an infected animal. Common carriers of the rabies virus include raccoons, bats and foxes. Health officials are suggesting that anyone that has come into contact with a raccoon recently in the area to get tested for the virus.

Raccoons are one of the most common animals that humans encounter in the United States. They are abundant throughout the state of Maryland and can be found in both urban and rural areas. They are most active from spring into fall but sometimes will emerge in the winter months to feed. Raccoons are generally harmless and will avoid humans if possible.

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Rabid Raccoon Found In Annapolis

Annapolis area residents who may have come in contact with a rabid raccoon last week are being urged to call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. The raccoon was found near the intersection of Whitehall Road and Cedar Lane Farm Road on Jan. 22, and later tested positive for rabies, officials said Monday.

Rabies is spread by the bite or scratch of an infected animal, such as a groundhog, cat, fox, raccoon or bat. Learn more

Summary: A raccoon in a Maryland city was found to have rabies recently. The raccoon, captured in Annapolis, was tested for the rabies virus.

Maryland Mammals: Raccoons

Raccoons are abundant throughout Maryland and the rest of the United States. Raccoons can be found in riparian areas along streams, lakes, marshes, swamps, farmland, and in suburban neighborhoods. They also can be found in urban areas where they can find adequate food water, and shelter.

Raccoons are most active from Spring until Fall in Maryland. However, sometimes they will emerge from their dens during the winter to feed. Read more

Summary: Raccoons are one of the most common animals that humans encounter in the United States. They are abundant throughout the state of Maryland and can be found in both urban and rural areas.