The Wicomico County Health Department has announced that a raccoon has tested positive for rabies from the St. Lukes Road area of Salisbury, near the intersection of Pocomoke Road and Stevens Road.
The health department is advising all residents to be aware of their surroundings and avoid contact with all wild or stray animals. Rabies is a preventable viral disease that exists in the saliva of mammals and is transmitted from animal to animal or animal to human by biting and/or scratching. It can also be spread by licking, when infected saliva makes contact with open cuts or wounds, and with the mouth, eyes, and nose. If left untreated, rabies is fatal.
To report human or animal contact, such as bites or scratches, call the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-546-4446.