Rabies on the rise in Anne Arundel Co.

In Anne Arundel County, rabies is most often seen in raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks. Photo: Jeff Kramer via Creative Commons

Rabies is on the rise in Anne Arundel County, The Capital Gazette reports.

In late April, two dogs killed a rabid groundhog in Pasadena. Two days later, a dog was attacked by a rabid raccoon in North Shore.

A total of 13 wild animals have tested positive for the disease this year, compared to seven in the first five months of 2012 and four in all of 2011.

A federally-funded vaccination program ended last year due to a lack of funding. When the program began in 1997, the number of countywide rabies cases had reached nearly 100.

So far this year, 56 people have been treated for possible exposure to the disease.