Delaware's Division of Public Health is warning residents of the King’s Creek community and surrounding areas in Rehoboth Beach of a positive case of rabies in a raccoon that recently bit a human.
The raccoon was captured and brought to the DPH Lab, where test results confirming it had rabies came back Dec. 13. The victim, who was putting up holiday decorations in his yard, was bitten by the raccoon who was hidden in some bushes. The individual has begun treatment for the bite.
Anyone who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a raccoon are encouraged to contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 744-4995. An epidemiologist is available 24/7. Also anyone who thinks their pet may have been bitten by this raccoon should call their private veterinarian or the Delaware Department of Agriculture at 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.