Rabies in Millsboro, Delaware

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2014-10-01 03:39:16 – Biological Hazard – USA

EDIS Code: BH-20141001-45475-USA
Date&Time: 2014-10-01 03:39:16 [UTC]
Continent: North-America
Country: USA
State/Prov.: State of Delaware,
Location: Hub Court Mobile Home Park,
City: Millsboro
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The Delaware Division of Public Health says a fox tested positive on Tuesday for rabies after authorities say it bit a person from the Hub Court Mobile Home Park in Millsboro, Delaware. DPH says it is contacting those known to have come in contact with the fox and are urging they get post-exposure rabies treatment. DPH also says the dog in the recent Newark attack was also tested and was found to be negative for rabies. Health officials say the health care provider for the attack victim has been alerted. DPH reminds residents that rabies is endemic in Delaware. It says residents should always take precautions against rabies by avoiding wild or unfamiliar animals and ensuring their pets are up-to-date with rabies shots. According to DPH, infection can occur through the bite or scratch of an infected animal or if saliva from such an animal gets into the eyes, nose, mouth or an opening in the skin. Rabies cannot be cured once symptoms appear. Therefore, DPH says if a person is potentially exposed to an animal that tests positive for rabies, they will have to receive rabies shots to prevent them from developing the disease. Since January 2014, DPH says it has performed rabies tests on 109 animals, 7 of which were confirmed to be rabid, including this fox. DPH says it only tests animals for rabies when there is potential human exposure. This means there may be many more infected wild animals than suggested by these numbers.
The name of Hazard: Rabies (fox)
Species: Animal
Status: Confirmed

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