The Worcester County Health Department is today confirming that a raccoon that attacked a person in north Ocean City this week has tested positive for rabies.
The health department was initially notified by a citizen on Tuesday morning about an aggressive raccoon near Northside Park that attacked one person. It was later learned that two more people were charged by what authorities believe is the same raccoon.
Rabies is an ongoing issue in Worcester County and affects local wildlife. The animals most frequently confirmed with rabies in the county are raccoons, followed by foxes, skunks, groundhogs and cats. Any person, pet or other animal that may have had contact with this or other rabies suspect wildlife may be at risk of a rabies exposure.
To report any contact with or exposure to this raccoon, call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 or 410-352-3234.
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