Worcester County Health Department urges caution concerning aggressive wildlife in Ocean City

Ocean City, Md. – Worcester County Health Department warns citizens and visitors in Ocean City to exercise caution and report immediately any aggressive wildlife, i.e. raccoons, foxes, skunks, and/or feral cats to local law enforcement/animal control. 

Since June 18 when a confirmed rabid raccoon found in the area of 125th street attacked one individual and became aggressive with two others, Worcester County Health Department has continued to receive reports of aggressive raccoons, including raccoons approaching or attacking people and pets in north Ocean City, in areas including 85th Street north to approximately 130th Street.

To date in 2013, Worcester County reports 18 confirmed positive rabid animals and 15 other animals suspected of having rabies that have had contact with people or pets. These cases have come from throughout the county, including Ocean City. The results of these incidences have included rabies treatment for exposed humans and quarantine/euthanasia for exposed pets.

Worcester County health officials request immediate reporting of any aggressive or threatening wildlife to law enforcement/animal control. This will allow a quick response to the scene in order to minimize risk to human health. Local law enforcement/animal control then contacts the health department to manage any possible human or pet exposures and determine whether rabies testing is indicated.

If a pet has contact with a wild animal, do not touch the pet with bare hands. Wounds found on an outdoor pet from an unwitnessed encounter should be treated as a possible rabies exposure and the incident reported to the health department and your veterinarian.

The health department also offers the following tips to minimize risk of rabies exposure to your family and pets:
  • Vaccinate pets and keep those vaccinations current. Maryland law requires vaccination against rabies for all dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age. Rabies vaccinations (shots) have limited time of protection, so citizens should verify that their pets are CURRENTLY protected.
  •  Do not feed pets outdoors. Pet food, even the odor of it, in empty containers and on the ground draws wildlife. While looking for food is normal behavior for raccoons and foxes particularly in the spring when there are young to be fed, these animals may return to areas they frequent if they become rabid.
  • Secure trash cans and dumpster lids for the same reason outlined above. Wild animals forage for food and minimizing food sources will discourage wildlife from coming to your property.
  • Remove strays from the community. Stray cats are of particular concern, as they are competing for food with wildlife and have more opportunity for exposure to rabid wildlife, such as raccoons. Many of the fights with raccoons go unwitnessed, and are only noted after the cat becomes rabid. Cats are the most frequently identified rabid domestic animal
For more information about rabies visit our website http://worcesterhealth.org.

###
 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Walk and Talk events aim to get residents moving: Worcester County Health Department to host community conversation walks.

(Snow Hill, MD)- Are you interested in walking and exploring local, walkable places? The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting a series of community Walk and Talk events starting this July. All events are free and open to the public.

 

Read more ...

Walk and Talk events aim to get residents moving: Worcester County Health Department to host community conversation walks.

(Snow Hill, MD)- Are you interested in walking and exploring local, walkable places? The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting a series of community Walk and Talk events starting this July. All events are free and open to the public.

Read more ...

From Ready.gov


Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.

 

Read more ...

(Snow Hill, MD)-The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) and the Maryland Department of Health celebrated this year’s 2018 Healthiest Maryland Business (HMB) awardees at the 9th Annual Maryland in the Workplace Health and Wellness Symposium earlier this month. HMB is a statewide movement to create a culture of wellness at work that makes the healthiest choice the easiest choice. Atlantic General Hospital received the Gold 2018 Healthiest Maryland Business Award for the third consecutive year while Taylor Bank was awarded the Silver 2018 Healthiest Maryland Business Award for their second consecutive year.

Read more ...

The Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Poison Control Center, in partnership with the CDC, is recommending that clinicians maintain a high index of suspicion for vitamin K-dependent antagonist coagulopathy in patients with a history or suspicion of using synthetic cannabinoids. Patients may present with clinical signs of coagulopathy, bleeding unrelated to an injury, or bleeding without another explanation.

Read more ...
 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program