Contact:
Environmental Health Program
Isle of Wight Center
Phone: 410-641-9559
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
After Hours: Call your local law enforcement agency or 911

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If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, or if you find a bat in the living area of your home, or your pet has been exposed to a rabies suspect animal such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, stray cats, contact our office for further assistance.



Rabies Exposures

 

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 • If you see a wild animal, such as a raccoon, skunk, fox, groundhog, opossum, or a feral cat behaving in a  threatening or obviously sick manner or should your pet be involved in an altercation with one of those animals –  REPORT IMMEDIATELY to your local police department or Sheriff’s office. 
 
  • Prevent further contact by keeping pets and people away.  If a pet or person has already had contact, it is  important that the rabies suspect animal be obtained (safely) for rabies testing. 
 
  • If a pet has had contact, DO NOT TOUCH the pet barehanded. Make sure the Health Department is contacted  for further instructions, if contact has occurred.  Your pet’s veterinarian may also be contacted for further advice.
 
 

 

Bats and Rabies

 

People usually know when they have been bitten by a bat. However, because bats have small teeth which may leave marks that are not easily seen, there are situations in which you should seek medical advice even in the absence of an obvious bite wound.

• If you find a bat in the living space of your home, and do not know when or how it got in, contact our Office immediately for a risk assessment at 410-641-9559 and do not release the bat. After hours, contact your local police department or dial 410-632-1311 for further assistance.

• For assistance with bat colonies not inside the living area of the home (attics, eves) contact Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service call   1-877-463-6497 or visit their website at: www.dnr.md.us

• To learn more about the dangers of exposure to bats and rabies, visit: www.cdc.gov

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Confirmed Rabid Animals in Worcester


While raccoons make up the vast majority of confirmed rabid animals in Worcester County (and in Maryland), other species are also infected. Many people are not aware that the most frequent domestic animals to contract rabies are cats. 

Year
 Total Confirmed
 Species
2018
20
 15 raccoons, 1 skunk, 1 opossum, 1 fox, 1 cat, 1 bat 
2017
10
  8 raccoons, 1 opossum, 1 cat
2016
14
 11 raccoons, 1 skunk, 1 cat, 1 groundhog 
2015
12
 12 raccoons
2014
23
 18 raccoons, 1 fox, 1 bat, 2 cats, 1 skunk
2013
46
 40 raccoons, 3 foxes, 1 groundhog, 1 bat, 1 dog
2012
19
 16 raccoons, 2 foxes, 1 groundhog
2011
16
 11 raccoons, 2 skunks, 2 groundhogs, 1 cat
2010
26
 18 raccoons, 6 foxes, 2 cats
2009
52
 45 raccoons, 5 foxes, 1 opossum, 1 cat



Many of these confirmed rabid animals, as well as many other suspect animals that were unable to be tested, had contact with pets or people. It is extremely important that pets' rabies vaccinations stay current and that these encounters are reported so that testing and proper rabies risk assessments can be made for the people and pets involved.

  • For a line by line listing of confirmed and suspect rabies investigations for 2018, click here.
  • For a line by line listing of confirmed and suspect rabies investigations for 2017, click here.
  • Worcester County map of Laboratory Confirmed Rabid Animals found 2017, click here.
  • For a line by line listing of confirmed and suspect rabies investigations for 2016, click here.
  • For a line by line listing of confirmed and suspect rabies investigations for 2015, click here.
  • For a line by line listing of laboratory confirmed positive rabies cases and suspect positve rabies investigations for 2014, click here.
  • Worcester County map of Laboratory Confirmed Rabid Animals found 2011-2016, click here.
  • For a line by line listing of laboratory confirmed positive rabies cases and suspect positive rabies investigations for 2013, click here.
  • For more information about rabies in Maryland, visit www.dhmh.maryland.gov

 

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Rabies Clinics



• Maryland and Worcester County laws require current rabies vaccinations for all cats, dogs and ferrets four months and older. Rabies vaccinations         (shots) are available at any veterinary clinic and should be a part of your pet's routine health care.
 

• The Worcester County Health Department together with Worcester County Animal Control offers rabies clinics throughout the county. 
 

• The next clinics will be in the fall of 2018. You may call Animal Control at 410-632-1340 or our office at  410-641-9559 for updated information.

 

 

• The cost per pet is $5 for Worcester County residents and $10 per pet for non residents. Please bring proof of residency. Dogs must be on leashes and under the control of an adult. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers with air holes. In order to receive a 3-year booster shot you must bring your pet’s previous vaccination certificate.
 

 
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WCHD News

Fall into fitness this October and participate in the 6th Annual Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, Market Street. This is a free event co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill. The first 50 registrants will receive a HOPE stadium cup. Registration begins at 5pm. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a ½ mile, 1-mile, or 2-mile walk.

Click the image below to register for this free event. 

Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Celebrate life and help raise awareness about suicide prevention on the Boardwalk this September with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. On Saturday, September 22, hundreds of walkers from Maryland and across the country will gather in Ocean City to memorialize the victims of suicide, offer support to friends and family, and to raise funds for suicide awareness and mental health first aid through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will also host the second annual “Celebration of Life” event the night before the walk, to memorialize friends and family lost to suicide.                                                                                                                                                      

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Caroline Street and Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Click the image below to learn more or call 410-632-3366

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Residents who may have had contact should call the health department immediately


Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department confirms that a kitten has tested positive for rabies on August 29, 2018 on Snow Hill Rd (Rt. 12) north of Girdletree. The kitten was a female gray, black and tan striped tabby that was roughly eight-weeks-old. Residents of the property near where the kitten was found did not own the animal and the owners are unknown at this time.

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Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here

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