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If an animal at your facility is exhibiting signs of rabies or may have been in contact with a rabid animal, please adhere to the Rabies COMAR for Individual Situations. Any questions can be directed to the Environmental Health Office at 301-600-1717.

General Information:
   • If the animal is exhibiting signs of rabies, it should be euthanized and sent for testing. 
     - Euthanized animals can be submitted directly to the Health Department, through the State Animal Lab (301-600-1548), or through Animal Control (301-600-1544). 
     - If submitting directly to the Health Department, please use the rabies submission form found below and follow the correct specimen preparation directions found in the Rabies COMAR for Individual Situations. 
   • If the animal has a wound of unknown origin, contact the Health Department or refer to the Rabies COMAR for Individual Situations.
   • If a pet is put under a 45-day or 6-month quarantine and requires a booster shot, the booster should be given at the beginning of the quarantine period.

Rabies Submission Form:
   • Rabies Submissions

General Fact Sheet for Veterinarians:
   • Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
   • COMAR 10.06.02 Rabies 

Afterhours Emergencies:
The Health Department’s Environmental Health office has staff on call each weekend to cover rabies exposures and emergencies. To reach the on-call Environmental Health staff, call the Frederick County Communications Center at 301-600-1603, and they will contact the supervisor on call regarding the emergency. Note: Please leave the Communications Center with a phone number where you can be reached.