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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2010
Raccoons digging in your trash might seem a relatively minor nuisance, but close interaction with the critters — the No. 1 carriers of rabies in the United States — could prove dangerous to you and your pets. To combat the potential risk, the Anne Arundel County Health Department began Wednesday its annual rabies vaccination project, with the goal of immunizing more than 70,000 raccoons. Thirty-three teams consisting of workers from the county and state health departments, county animal control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services plan to distribute the oral vaccine, a brick-shaped object made of fishmeal and polymers, over the next four weeks in wooded areas around the county.
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May 4, 2010
Cecil County health officials say a feral cat that bit a Delaware resident in Rising Sun has tested positive for rabies. Authorities said the animal was displaying rabies symptoms and was being put in a carrier to be taken to a vet when it bit the person. The cat was euthanized and tests confirmed it was positive for rabies. The bite victim and Delaware health officials were notified. The victim received treatment against the disease, which can be fatal. Health officials remind residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies and to stay away from wild and stray animals.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | January 18, 2010
Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a 6-week-old Jersey calf at an educational center in Prince George's County where elementary and middle school students learned about farming and natural resources in the Potomac River watershed. Officials with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have made it a priority to assess about 70 children who recently visited the Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek. In particular, they are investigating whether any children participated in bottle feeding the calf whose mother died in an accident, said Katherine Feldman, a state public health veterinarian.
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August 30, 2009
Lead certificate requirement The Anne Arundel County Department of Health reminds parents that all children newly enrolled in county pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade are required to have a lead testing certificate. The certificate ensures that children living in high-risk areas are being tested for lead poisoning, which can cause young children to have difficulty learning, behavioral problems and developmental disabilities. High-risk ZIP codes in Anne Arundel are 20711, 20714, 20764, 20779, 21060, 21061, 21225, 21226, and 21402, because they have a greater proportion of older homes that may contain lead paint.
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By Susan Reimer and Susan Reimer,susan.reimer@baltsun.com | August 29, 2009
The number of bats that have tested positive for rabies in Baltimore has increased this summer, according to city officials, who are also seeing a rise in complaints about bats from homeowners. "This time last year, we had three positives," said Bob Anderson, director of the city's Bureau of Animal Control. "So far this year, we have five and we have another 12 waiting for testing. That could make six. "I don't want to alarm people, but six is a big leap." There have been more than 100 calls to animal control so far this summer, and 60 bats have been captured and tested for rabies, he said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | August 14, 2009
An isolated Harford County farm will remain under quarantine through the end of this month after a horse stabled there tested positive for the rabies virus and was euthanized, officials said. The county health department will observe all animals at the Churchville farm before lifting the 45-day quarantine on Aug. 31. The horse, which arrived at the farm in May, manifested striking changes in behavior in mid-July. On the recommendation of the health department, the animal was taken to the University of Pennsylvania veterinary facility in New Bolton, which diagnosed the rabies infection.
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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,Sun reporter | August 23, 2008
A stray kitten that wandered into a North Baltimore backyard this month had rabies, the first city cat or dog found to have the disease in more than 20 years, officials said yesterday. Two people who tried to help the kitten are receiving medical treatment. Others who are concerned that they or their pets may have had contact with the kitten are asked to call the Bureau of Animal Control. The cream-colored male tabby kitten was found in a yard in the 7100 block of Marlborough Drive, near the city-county line, Aug. 5. The kitten, which appeared to be about 4 months old, was wounded on his back and a hind leg, said Bob Anderson, the director of the Animal Control Bureau.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun reporter | January 9, 2008
A 9-year-old girl remained hospitalized yesterday after being attacked by a "pit-bull type" dog that was running loose in an East Baltimore neighborhood, animal control officials said. The animal bit the girl on her hands, arms and shoulders, said Bureau of Animal Control Director Bob Anderson, who did not release the child's name. She was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital after the incident on Monday evening, but her condition could not be ascertained. An unconfirmed report said the girl's grandmother tried to ward off the dog with a stick, but the agency's investigator was still looking into the incident late yesterday and could not be reached for comment.
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