Rabies found in St. Mary’s County foxes
ST. MARY’S CO. – Two foxes in St. Mary’s County have tested positive for rabies, health officials say.
The St. Mary’s County Health Department reports that two foxes found in the Lexington Park area have the virus.
One fox was collected at Great Mills Road and another was found at Buena Vista Lane.
Rabies is a potentially fatal virus that is transmitted through the saliva of an infectious animal. Residents are advised to use caution when approaching wild animals or unknown domesticated animals. Pet owners in the area are advised to examine their animals for bites, scratches or wounds of unknown origin.
Health officials say the following precautions will protect your pets and family members from the threat of rabies:
- Be sure your pet has up-to-date rabies shots. Maryland law requires that all cats, dogs and ferrets four-months and older have current rabies shots. Low-cost rabies clinics are provided by the health department and St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) from March – November.
- Keep pets in your home or yard and walk them on a leash.
- Never approach or touch animals unknown to you.
- Do not feed pets outdoors. Pet food and other food sources such as unsecured garbage cans may attract unwanted and unhealthy animals into your yard.