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Experts: Cut rabies risk by leaving wildlife alone

Every year, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Natural Resources learn of situations involving people with the best of intentions who have "rescued" young wild animals and, in doing so, exposed themselves to rabies. Even when animals do not have rabies, people endanger animals by interfering with their natural adaptation and development of basic survival skills. "Rabies is a serious disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. It is nearly always fatal without the provision of preventive treatment. The best ways to protect your family are to appreciate wildlife from a distance and to vaccinate your pets," Dr....

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