World Rabies Awareness Day 2018

September 28 is the World Health Organization’s World Rabies Day. The goal of the day is to spread awareness about rabies and rabies prevention. In Worcester County, there were 21 laboratory-confirmed cases of rabies in 2018 including in raccoons, a fox, a cat, a skunk, opossum and bat.

In recognition of World Rabies Day the Worcester County Health Departments wants to remind residents:

• If you see a wild animal, such as a raccoon, skunk, fox, groundhog, opossum, or a feral cat behaving in a threatening or obviously sick manner or should your pet be involved in an altercation with one of those animals –report the incident immediately to your local police department or Sheriff’s office.

• Prevent further contact by keeping pets and people away. If a pet or person has already had contact, it is important that the rabies suspect animal be captured for rabies testing. If a pet has had contact, do not touch the pet barehanded. Contact the Health Department immediately for more instructions.

• Avoid feeding wild or feral animals. Leaving food out or creating feeding stations can attract wild animals to an area. According to Maryland State Law, feeding feral cats confers ownership and could leave you liable for the animal.

• Maryland State Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over three months old to be vaccinated. The next rabies vaccination clinic in Worcester County will be in October-on October 17 at the Showell Fire Hall and October 18 at the Stockton Fire Hall (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for both locations). Cost for vaccinations is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents.

You can learn more about rabies and vaccination clinics by visiting or calling 410-641-9559.


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Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

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Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 


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Snow Hill, MD- Worcester County Health Department will launch “Just Walk Worcester” on October 12. This new website will be an inclusive resource for finding places to walk and explore no matter where you are in the county. The site features maps of all local parks and trails as well as walking tips, helpful videos, and details about each area including the length of trails, if there are any fees and if the spot is pet-friendly. Residents can view drone footage of each trail, allowing walkers to know the ins and outs of the path before they even lace up their shoes.

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