The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has been notified of a raccoon with behavior suspicious for rabies and a history of biting a person near the intersection of 27350 Three Notch Road and New Market Turner Road in Mechanicsville. Anyone who may have been bitten by a raccoon in this area on or after May 28, 2022 should seek urgent medical attention at their local emergency department. In general, any person who has been bitten by a wild animal such as a raccoon, skunk, bat, or fox should wash their wound immediately with soap and water, and consult with a healthcare provider about their risk for rabies and whether post-exposure prophylaxis would be appropriate. Rabies is a potentially fatal virus that is transmitted through the saliva of an infectious animal. When appropriate, treatment started as soon as possible after an animal bite or rabies exposure can be life-saving. Please report any animal bites or potential rabies exposures involving people to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008. Suspected animal bites to pets or livestock should be reported to St. Mary’s County Animal Control at (301) 475-8018 [after hours: (301) 475-8016]. As a general reminder, the following precautions […]
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