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Rabid Raccoon Attacks Person in North O.C.

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Worcester County Health Department officials say a raccoon that attacked one person and charged two others in north Ocean City 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.

Some bystanders who witnessed the attack captured the raccoon and killed it, according to health department spokesperson Nedra Johnstone. She said the raccoon was then sent for testing to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's laboratory.

The victim of the attack received medical treatment for rabies exposure and is expected to be OK, Johnstone said.  

Rabies is an ongoing issue in Worcester County and affects local wildlife, according to the health department. Officials noted that 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. Any potential exposures should be reported immediately so that a risk assessment can be done. 

For more information about rabies visit http://worcesterhealth.org.

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