Rabies/Animal Bites and Exposures


 
  

What You Should Know


The Facts:
 

  • Exposure to an unknown domestic animal (cat, dog, ferret) or wild animal (raccoon, bat, fox, etc.) can carry a risk of rabies, a FATAL disease caused by a virus.
  • Exposure can occur from direct contact--a bite or scratch, or from indirect contact--usually through the animal's saliva, open wound or mucous membrane.
If a human has been exposed to a wild or domestic animal, they should: 
  1. ​Immediately and thoroughly wash and flush the wound with soap and water for several minutes and get prompt medical attention.
  2. If the animal is a domestic-owned animal, get the owner's name, address, and telephone number.
  3. Report the incident immediately to the Prince George's County Police Department at (301) 333-4000 or to your local police department.
  4. If the animal is a wild or stray animal, try to trap the animal without risking any further exposure and contact the Animal Management Division (301) 780-7200 to have the animal picked up.
  5. In some instances, rabies shots (post-exposure treatment) may be indicated.

If a pet has been exposed to a wild or domestic animal, the owner should:

  1. ​Wear gloves before handling the pet to prevent indirect exposure to rabies and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  2. Contact your veterinarian if the pet needs medical attention and alert them that your pet has had contact (bite, scratch, etc.) with another animal so they can take proper precautions
  3. Secure the pet away from other animals and people.
  4. If the other animal is wild or stray, try to trap the animal without risking any further exposure, and contact the Animal Management Division (301) 780-7200 to have the animal picked up. Immediately report the incident to the Animal Management Division and the Health Department at 301-583-3750.

​Useful Links

​Prince George's County Health Department

Communicable Disease/Vector-Borne Disease Control Program
Cheverly Health Center
3003 Hospital Drive, Suite 1066
Cheverly, MD 20785

Office Phone: 301-583-3757
Main Phone: 301-583-3750
Fax: 301-583-3794