Anne Arundel County health officials are searching for anyone who might have been in contact with a rabid raccoon in Pasadena.

The raccoon was found Monday at the gate house at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena and later tested positive for rabies, officials said.

Anyone who thinks they may have had contact with the raccoon should contact the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410-222-7256 during business hours or 443-481-3140 after hours.

Anyone whose pet may have come into contact with the raccoon should call Animal Control at 410-222-8900.

Rabies can be fatal if left untreated. It is spread through the bite or scratch of an infected animal, or if an infected animal's saliva comes in contact with the eyes, nose, mouth or open cuts of a person or animal.

So far this year, Anne Arundel officials have confirmed 34 cases of rabies in animals, most of them raccoons and bats. A rabid raccoon was found at Downs Park in Pasadena on Sept. 20 and another one was found at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sept. 12.

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