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Worcester Health Officials Confirm 8th Rabid Animal Case

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SNOW HILL, Md.- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019.

The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Road in the Ocean Pines area on July 3, health officials said. 

The animals most frequently confirmed with rabies are raccoons, followed by foxes, skunks, groundhogs and cats. Cats are the number one domestic animal species most likely to be unvaccinated and are at a higher risk of exposure to rabid wildlife while outdoors, according to health officials.

The Worcester County Health Department is reminding pet owners that if their pet has contact with a wild animal, avoid touching them with your bar hands (wear gloves) and do not touch the wild animal. 

Incidents should be reported immediately to the health department or your local police in order to arrange testing of the wild animal. 

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