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Stray Cat Tests Positive for Rabies in Millsboro

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 10:22 AM -04:00 Updated:

DOVER, Del. - Delaware's Division of Public Health is informing people in Sussex County who live in the Mount Joy Road area between Townsend and Cannon roads in Millsboro of a positive case of rabies.

DPH officials report a stray cat was found in the area by a neighbor. The cat bit the neighbor while the neighbor was attempting to provide aid to the animal after it was hit by a car in the victim's driveway. DPH says the neighbor has begun treatment for rabies exposure.

Anyone in this area who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a stray cat should immediately contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995. Anyone who thinks their pet may have been bitten by this cat should call their private veterinarian or the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) at 302-698-4630 or email rabies.hotline@state.de.us.

Since January,  DPH has performed rabies tests on 107 animals, 10 of which were confirmed to be rabid, including three foxes, three raccoons, two cats (including this one), one dog and one horse. Rabies tests performed on four animals (one sheep, one bat and two dogs) were indeterminate. 

Last month, DPH  announced Delaware's first positive case of rabies in a human in nearly 80 years. A Felton woman died in August after contracting the disease. 

 

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