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Health Department Urges Rabies Awareness

October 8th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Health Department has confirmed four incidences of rabies in foxes in the LaVale area since April, with the most recent case identified on October 5 on Mt. Savage Road.  Other confirmed cases occurred on Avondale Avenue (April 16), Braddock Road (May 10), and near the narrows in lower LaVale (August 19).  In each case, a rabid fox approached humans or their pets in broad daylight and was acting aggressively.  Rural western Maryland has a wide variety of wildlife, and encounters with native animals are common, but health officials want to remind the public that it is never a good idea to approach any wild animal, especially if it appears to be injured or ill.