DENTON, Md. - There was a scary situation in Caroline County when a man from Denton was face to face with a rabid fox.
Mark Harding said it happened just after 6:30 a.m. Oct. 14 when he was leaving his friend's home. He says the fox ran out from under a car, bit him, and then went inside the home, where it bit two dogs, and either scratched or bit the homeowner. Maryland State Police responded to the scene and shot and killed the fox. The two people and two dogs attacked by the dogs received rabies shots.
Amanda Cook from the Humane Society in Caroline County explained to WBOC how people across Delmarva can try to avoid the rabies virus. She said many have misconceptions about its potential dangers.
"Rabies is fatal to both animals and to humans, if you get it, and if you do not get the proper treatment for it," she said.
She said that treatment was as simple as getting vaccinations. She said failing to do so is dangerous, especially for pets which are more likely to get rabies. She played fetch with a dog named Lily as she spoke. She said Lily, like all dogs at the Humane Society, was given a vaccination against rabies.
Scheduling a time to vaccinate your pet is crucial, said Cook.
"It's the word of the day," she said. "Absolutely. Get your pets vaccinated. It is so absolutely important that you get your pets vaccinated."
Rabies has been a consistent problem in Maryland, according to the Center for Disease Control. In the latest study available, Maryland had 384 cases of rabies. In 2009, Maryland had the 7th highest number in the entire country.
Cook said there are other things people can do to avoid this situation from happening to them.
"Just staying away from wildlife in general," she said, explaining ways to avoid rabies. "This is not just because of rabies. But because they do carry other diseases as well. As well as you don't want to disturb them in their natural habitat."
In Caroline County, the Humane Society is giving out vaccinations for pets for $5 on Nov. 16. For more information about the clinic, call (410) 479-8045.