Delaware’s Division of Public Health confirms two raccoons, one in Frederica and one in Frankford, tested positive for rabies this week after contact with residents’ dogs; no people were reported bitten.
Rabies is a deadly disease that kills both animals and humans, but is almost 100 percent preventable.
“It’s important to remember that having unvaccinated pets or spending time outdoors can put you within reach of a rabid animal,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH’s Director. “DPH urges people not to approach or feed wild animals and strays. Protect yourself, your pet and the community by getting your animals vaccinated.”
In Delaware, raccoons, foxes, bats skunks and cats have been the most frequent carriers of rabies. Since January 2012, state labs have tested 30 animals, of which three tested positive for rabies. There were six confirmed cases of rabies in animals in 2011.
If you are bitten, health officials say to wash the bite wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention. If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian.