Rabid Skunk Reported in Town of Preston

For Immediate Release - October 6, 2021

The Maryland Department of Health laboratory has confirmed a positive rabid skunk in the Town of
Preston. The skunk was reported to Caroline County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services
on Monday, October 4, 2021 in the vicinity of the 100 block of Main Street. Health Department personnel
retrieved the dead skunk and sent the animal for rabies testing, which confirmed the animal had rabies.

At this time there are no known human exposures to the rabid animal. Out of an abundance of caution,
four cats who may have come in contact with the animal have been placed under a 45-day quarantine.

Please contact the Caroline County Health Department immediately if you have had, or may know of
anyone who might have had, any possible human or animal exposure to a rabid animal at (410) 479-8045.
If you have an emergency regarding a potential rabid animal or exposure and are calling after normal
business hours, or on the weekend please call (410) 829-5910.

An exposure can mean contamination of open wounds, abrasions, mucous membranes, or scratches by
potentially contaminated with infectious material from a rabid animal or any penetration of the skin by
teeth constitutes a bite exposure. All bites, regardless of body site, represent a potential risk of rabies
transmission, but that risk varies with the species of biting animal, the anatomic site of the bite, and the
severity of the wound.

Rabies is a serious, but preventable viral disease that attacks the nervous system. It is predominantly seen
in raccoons, bats, and skunks, as well as dogs and cats (domestic animals). Caroline County residents are
reminded that all wild or unknown animals must be avoided whenever possible since the possibility of
exposure to rabies can occur anywhere and anytime.

Pet owners should remember that the best way to protect themselves, their families, and their pets is to
keep their animals up to date on rabies vaccination. The Health Department regularly offers low-cost
rabies clinics to help residents protect their pets.

The Fall Rabies Clinic is October 19, 2021 at the Health & Public Services Building (403 S. 7th Street,
Denton) from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Due to COVID-19, these clinics are drive-thru and an appointment is
required. Please call (410) 479-8045 to schedule an appointment.


For more information visit CDC’s Rabies Prevention webpage