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10.06.02.00.htm 10.06.02.00. Title 10 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Subtitle 06 DISEASES Chapter 02 Communicable Diseases ― Rabies Authority: Health-General Article, §18-102, 18-312―18-320, and 18-604, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.06.02.01.htm 10.06.02.01. 01 Scope.. This chapter provides for cooperative rabies control efforts by the Department, local health officers, physicians, veterinarians, and other Maryland government agencies as guided by policy statements such as the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, issued annually by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
10.06.02.02.htm 10.06.02.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Adequately vaccinated" means a graduate veterinarian at a public antirabies clinic or a licensed veterinarian has:a) Immunized an animal against rabies in accordance with the current year's recommendations as circulated by the Department; andb) Documented the rabies immunization by issuing a valid rabies certificate.. 2) "Animal" means a nonhuman species of mammal..
10.06.02.03.htm 10.06.02.03. 03 Human Rabies.. A. Reporting.. 1) A physician, medical authority, or another person having knowledge of or suspicion of a case of human rabies shall immediately report the facts to the local health officer.2) A local health officer who has received a report of a case or suspected case of human rabies shall immediately notify, by telephone or other immediate communication medium, the State Epidemiologist or the Public Health Veterinarian of the case or suspected case.
10.06.02.04.htm 10.06.02.04. 04 Animal Rabies.. A. Reporting. An individual shall report immediately by telephone or in person to the local police, sheriff’s department, or local animal control authority if they know of an animal that:1) Has rabies;. 2) Is suspected of having rabies; or. 3) Has had a bite from or non-bite contact with an animal known to have or suspected of having rabies.B. Disposition of a Suspected Rabid Animal ― No Bite or Non-Bite Human Contact.. 1) Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets..
10.06.02.05.htm 10.06.02.05. 05 Reporting Bite or Non-Bite Contacts to Humans.. A. A person having knowledge of an individual's having a bite from or non-bite contact with an animal shall report the facts of the contact immediately by telephone or in person to the local police or sheriff's department, except in Frederick County, where the person shall report the facts to the animal control center of Frederick County.B. Except as provided at §C of this regulation, upon receipt of a report, t
10.06.02.06.htm 10.06.02.06. 06 Risk Assessment Following Bite or Non-Bite Contact to Humans.. Following the report of a bite or non-bite contact to a human, the local health officer shall conduct a risk assessment that includes a determination of:A. The species of animal that made the contact;. B. Whether the animal is apparently healthy;. C. Whether the animal is adequately vaccinated appropriate to its age;. D. The type of contact;. E. Whether the bite or non-bite contact was provoked and what human activit
10.06.02.07.htm 10.06.02.07. 07 Disposition of Animals Following Bite or Non-Bite Contact to Humans.. A. When the local health officer has determined that quarantine of the exposing animal is allowable based on the findings of the risk assessment, the animal shall be quarantined.B. Quarantine Period.. 1) Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets, Including Unclaimed Stray Animals. Except as provided in §B(3) and (4) of this regulation, the owner or custodian of a dog, cat, or ferret that was involved in bite or non-
10.06.02.08.htm 10.06.02.08. 08 Area Quarantine.. A. If rabies is known to exist within an area, the Public Health Veterinarian, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, may establish an area quarantine for rabies, define the boundaries of the quarantine area, and specify the species of animal or animals subject to the quarantine.B. The owner or custodian of an animal subject to the area quarantine shall keep the animal in quarantine on the premises of the owner or custodian at
10.06.02.09.htm 10.06.02.09. 09 Laboratory Testing.. A. A local health officer or local animal control authority shall submit rabies specimens for laboratory testing.B. The director of the rabies testing laboratory shall promptly forward a copy of the results of a rabies examination to the:1) Local health officer;. 2) Individual that originally submitted the specimen to the laboratory from the local animal control authority; and3) Public Health Veterinarian.. C. The director of the rabies testing laboratory s
10.06.02.10.htm 10.06.02.10. 10 Vaccination of Animals.. A. An owner or custodian of a dog, cat, or ferret shall have that animal adequately vaccinated against rabies by the time the dog, cat, or ferret is 4 months old.B. Vaccination Documentation.. 1) Except for a local animal control authority, an owner or custodian of an animal required to be licensed or registered shall have the animal adequately vaccinated and shall obtain a valid rabies vaccination certificate on the form specified by the
10.06.02.11.htm 10.06.02.11. 11 Importation of Animals.. A. Except as provided in §B and I of this regulation, the owner or custodian of a dog, cat, or ferret 4 months old or older to be imported into the State for any purpose shall forward a certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, to the Public Health Veterinarian, within 10 days of the animal's arrival in the State, that:1) Describes the dog, cat, or ferret, documenting that it was vaccinated against rabies;.
10.06.02.12.htm 10.06.02.12. 12 Permits Required for Keeping Certain Animals.. The Secretary shall require a person to obtain from the Public Health Veterinarian a permit for keeping certain animals or species of animals if the Secretary has determined that these animals or species of animals represent a substantial threat of rabies to humans.
10.06.02.13.htm 10.06.02.13. 13 Disposition of Animals by Animal Shelters, Pounds, or Veterinarians.. A. The owner or custodian of an animal who surrenders the animal to an animal shelter, pound, or veterinarian for the purpose of having the animal humanely killed or for the purpose of offering the animal for adoption shall certify in writing, under penalty of perjury, that the animal:1) If a dog, cat, ferret, or livestock, has not had bite or non-bite contact with an individual within the previous 10 days; or
10.06.02.14.htm 10.06.02.14. 14 Penalty.. A person refusing or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter, or with the orders or directives of the local health officer, the State Epidemiologist, or the Public Health Veterinarian as provided by this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each offense.
10.06.02.9999.htm 10.06.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: April 27, 1977 (4:9 Md.R. 714). Preface and Regulation .01 recodified to Regulation .01 and Regulation .01-1, respectively, in July 1994Regulation .09A, B amended effective February 14, 1994 (21:3 Md. R. 193) ―. Regulations .01―14 repealed and new Regulations .01―14 adopted effective November 16, 1998 (25:23 Md. R. 1696)Regulation .01 amended effective September 14, 2015 (42:18 Md. R. 1174). Regulation .02B amended as an emergency provision
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