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Rabid Raccoon Discovered at Downs Park in Pasadena

Another rabid raccoon was found at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sept. 12.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Health officials are warning Pasadena residents that a rabid raccoon was found at Downs Park last week.

It is the second sighting of a rabid raccoon at a county park in just over a week. Another rabid raccoon was found at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sept. 12, health officials said.

The raccoon was found Sept. 20 at the park's information center, and later tested positive for rabies, according to a press release from the Anne Arundel Department of Health.

"Anyone who had contact with a raccoon should call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health without delay at 410-222-7256, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 443-481-3140 after business hours. Anyone whose pet was bitten or scratched by a raccoon should call County Animal Control at 410-222-8900," according to the release.

Rabies is spread by being bitten or scratched by an infected animal, such as a raccoon, fox or bat. It can also be contracted from the animal's saliva if it comes into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or any open wounds.

Rabies is a fatal disease and preventative treatment must be started immediately, according to the release.

More rabies facts can be found on the department's website.

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