Rabies Prevention Program

St. Mary’s County Health Department has worked to prevent rabies in our community since 1984, when rabies became common in Maryland’s wild animal population. Environmental Health Division staff follows up on animal bite incidents and collects specimens for laboratory analysis, when necessary.

Report an Incident

If you see an animal exhibiting any symptoms of rabies, call St. Mary’s County Animal Control at 301-475-8018.

If bitten or scratched by any animal, call the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department at 301-475-8008.

For more information about what happens when an animal bite is reported, download the Rabies in St. Mary’s County Fact Sheet, call 301-475-4330, or email smchd.env@maryland.gov.

Your Pet and Rabies

Pets are our first line of protection against rabies. Protecting them protects us. That is why the health department and St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) sponsor rabies vaccination clinics from 6-8 p.m. on the second Monday of most months, March through November, at the county fairgrounds near the 4-H building or Pavilion.

Animal owners are requested to bring cats and ferrets to the clinic in a pet carrier. Dogs must be kept on a short leash or in a carrier. The cost is $15 per shot – cash or check only. To receive a three-year vaccination, you must present a current rabies certificate (not tags).

Rabies Prevention and Treatment

Pre-exposure rabies vaccines and titers are available by appointment through St. Mary’s County Health Department for hunters, taxidermists, veterinary workers, and animal control officers.

Post-exposure rabies management recommendations are available by calling 301-475-4316. This includes obtaining rabies vaccine and rabies immune globulin, at cost, for treatment by primary health care providers.

For appointment, call 301-475-4330.

Rabies Emergency

An after-hours on call system for Environmental Health Services Division staff provides coverage for rabies emergencies through the County’s Emergency Control Center at 301-475-8016.

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