Rabies clinic scheduled in wake of sick animal reports

In response to two rabid animals being found in Salisbury this week, the Wicomico County Health Department will offer a rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats.

It’s planned for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Salisbury Moose Lodge on Snow Hill Road. No other animals will be vaccinated.

The cost is $10 each and only cash will be accepted. Call 410-546-4446.

Pet owners should take a previous rabies vaccination certificate to obtain three-year shots. Otherwise, one-year shots will be given.

Only dogs and cats will be vaccinated.

On Monday, a raccoon tested positive for rabies in the Pemberton Drive area near Pemberton Park and the Wicomico County Health Department advised residents to be aware of their surroundings and avoid contact with all wild or stray animals.

Also on Monday, a fox tested positive for rabies in the Burnt Branch area of Jersey Road.

Rabies is a preventable,  viral disease that exists in the saliva of mammals and is transmitted from animal to animal or from animal to human by biting or scratching.

The virus can also be spread by licking, when infected saliva makes contact with open cuts or wounds and with the mouth, eyes or nose.

Left untreated, rabies is fatal.

Health Department officials are reminding owners to keep their pets confined, teach children not to approach unfamiliar animals, vaccinate pets, avoid leaving food or water outdoors and tightly secure trash can lids.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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