Raccoon in Rehoboth Tests Positive for Rabies - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Raccoon in Rehoboth Tests Positive for Rabies

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 5:17 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del.- Delaware's Division of Public Health is warning residents in Sussex County after a raccoon that bit a human last week tested positive for rabies. 

It happened near the King's Creek community in Rehoboth Beach. The victim was putting up holiday decorations in his yard when he was bitten by the raccoon who was hidden in some bushes. 

Anyone who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a raccoon should contact their health care provider immediately or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995. An epidemiologist is available 24/7. Additionally, anyone who thinks their pet may have been bitten by this raccoon should call their private veterinarian or the Delaware Department of Agriculture at 302-698-4630. 

Residents should take precautions against rabies by:

  • Avoiding wild and feral animals, regardless of whether or not the animal seems “friendly.” Not all rabid animals exhibit the classic signs of the rabies illness, such as aggression, depression or other abnormal behavior.
  • Ensuring their pets are up to date with rabies shots.
  • Keeping pets indoors or, while outside, supervising them on a leash. 

Since January 2017, DPH has performed rabies tests on 137 animals, 17 of which were confirmed to be rabid, including five raccoons, seven cats, two dogs, two bats and one fox. Six of the positive rabies cases involved a bite to humans.

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Pocomoke City Proposes Building Ordinance

    Pocomoke City Proposes Building Ordinance

    Jan 17, 2018 6:20 PM2018-01-17 23:20:00 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:20 PM EST2018-01-17 23:20:32 GMT
    A proposed ordinance in Pocomoke City would require property owners to be more proactive in taking care of their buildings. 

    City officials say there are more than 60 abandoned properties and many of those buildings are an eyesore.
    More
    A proposed ordinance in Pocomoke City would require property owners to be more proactive in taking care of their buildings. 

    City officials say there are more than 60 abandoned properties and many of those buildings are an eyesore. 
    More
  • Mountaire Farms Addresses Contaminated Water Concerns in Public Meeting

    Mountaire Farms Addresses Contaminated Water Concerns in Public Meeting

    Jan 17, 2018 10:46 PM2018-01-18 03:46:00 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:47 PM EST2018-01-18 03:47:03 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- Mountaire Farms held a public meeting on Wednesday night in Millsboro to discuss neighbor's concerns about nitrate contamination in private well water. Mountaire says they don't believe the chicken plant is responsible for the elevated niMore
    Mountaire Farms held a public meeting on Wednesday night in Millsboro to discuss neighbor's concerns about nitrate contamination in private well water. More
  • Update: Selbyville Suspect Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

    Update: Selbyville Suspect Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

    Jan 17, 2018 8:59 PM2018-01-18 01:59:00 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:31 PM EST2018-01-18 03:31:07 GMT
    Courtesy of Delaware State Police Courtesy of Delaware State Police
    SELBYVILLE, Del. -- Delaware State Police say they charged a Selbybville man Wednesday in connection to multiple burglaries in the Swann Keys Development that happened over the past several months. DSP said William A. Wagner Jr., 25 of Selbyville, was arrMore
    Delaware State Police say they charged a Selbybville man Wednesday in connection to multiple burglaries in the Swann Keys Development that happened over the past several months. More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Pocomoke City Proposes Building Ordinance

    Pocomoke City Proposes Building Ordinance

    A proposed ordinance in Pocomoke City would require property owners to be more proactive in taking care of their buildings. 

    City officials say there are more than 60 abandoned properties and many of those buildings are an eyesore.

    More

    A proposed ordinance in Pocomoke City would require property owners to be more proactive in taking care of their buildings. 

    City officials say there are more than 60 abandoned properties and many of those buildings are an eyesore.

    More
  • Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars. Monica Snee, 51, of Salisbury was released from prison after posting $50,000 bond. A district court judge revoked the bond and issued a bench warrant today. As a result, deputies located and arrested Snee in the area of Westbrook Drive in Salisbury.

    More

    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars. Monica Snee, 51, of Salisbury was released from prison after posting $50,000 bond. A district court judge revoked the bond and issued a bench warrant today. As a result, deputies located and arrested Snee in the area of Westbrook Drive in Salisbury.

    More
  • Morning Weather: January 17

    Morning Weather: January 17

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices