Rabies Laws- What you should know

Plenty of states have laws and regulations about the control and prevention of the rabies virus. Maryland is no exception. The Maryland Department of Health requires anyone that has been bitten or exposed to a possible rabid animal to report it to the Office of Environmental Health. The office will then investigate the incident and the animal and take any further action that is necessary. The state also requires anyone owning a cat, dog or ferret to have their pet vaccinated agains the rabies virus.

These laws and regulations are coming to the forefront as a fourth raccoon has been tested positive for the rabies virus in Maryland. Raccoons are not the only animal that can carry the disease. However, they seem to be the biggest culprits, as of late. Officials have been urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspected rabid animals. They also encourage residents to ensure their pets have been vaccinated.

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Maryland Rabies Laws

Any person having knowledge of a person being bitten or otherwise exposed to rabies by a warm blooded animal must report the suspected contact to the Office of Environmental Health.  The staff of the Office of Environmental Health will investigate the circumstances of the incident as per the requirements of the above referenced regulation. Each person who owns or keeps a dog, cat or ferret that is 4 months old or older is required by law to  have the dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies. Learn more

To learn more about rabies, visit the Maryland Department of Health

Summary: The state of Maryland has certain laws and regulations on how to handle the rabies virus. Anyone who owns a dog, cat or ferret must vaccinate their pets against rabies. They also require anyone who has come in contact with a suspected rabid animal to report it to the proper government office.

Fourth rabid raccoon found, this time in Westminster

A raccoon killed by two dogs on Monday in Westminster has tested positive for rabies and marks the fourth such animal to test positive for the lethal virus in the past weeks.

The dogs killed the raccoon on Poole Road, west of Md. 97 and near Stoner Avenue, but because both dogs were up to date on their rabies vaccinations, the pair will only require a booster shot and the dogs owners will not require treatment, according to a Carroll County Health Department news release. But health officials do want to make anyone in the vicinity who could have been exposed to the raccoon — or have had a pet exposed — aware of the risks and what to do if they had an interaction with rabid wildlife. Read more

Summary: A fourth raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the state of Maryland, prompting local health officials to urge the public to remain vigilant for rabid wildlife and what to do in the event of an interaction. This is not new for the area, as in 2018 alone, 17 animals were tested and found to be positive for the rabies virus.

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