Md. Family Dog Tests Positive For Rabies After Fight With Racoon

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — Worcester County health officials say a family dog in Snow Hill has tested positive for rabies.

The County Health Department said Monday that the dog had a fight with a raccoon weeks ago and showed symptoms of the disease last week. Officials say the owner contacted animal control and the dog was euthanized.

Officials say the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s rabies laboratory confirmed on Friday that the dog had rabies.

County officials say family members have started post-exposure rabies treatment.

Health officials remind residents that state law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. Residents are also urged to immediately report any contact between a person or pet and a suspect rabid animal, such as raccoons, foxes, groundhogs or skunks.

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