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Use Caution with Unfamiliar Wild Animals: Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies After Attacking Feral CatDate Posted: October 15, 2021
DATE Celebrates the Launch of the State’s First Impaired Driving Simulator ProgramDate Posted: October 14, 2021
Delaware’s Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Announces Easterseals as New Provider for Self-Directed CareDate Posted: October 14, 2021
DNREC Announces the 2022 Delaware Wetlands ConferenceDate Posted: October 14, 2021
October is National Disability Employment Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 13, 2021
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: October 13, 2021
2021 Lt. Governor’s Challenge Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 13, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Workforce Support for Hospitals, Long-Term Care, and 24/7 State FacilitiesDate Posted: October 13, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Equal Suffrage Study Club Historical MarkerDate Posted: October 13, 2021
DHSS Announces Direct Support Professional Recruitment and Retention BonusesDate Posted: October 12, 2021
‘William Penn Day’ in New Castle on Oct. 23, 2021Date Posted: October 12, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Department of Education (DOE) NominationDate Posted: October 12, 2021
Brandywine’s Jahsha Tabron named 2022 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Grand Jury indicts State Auditor for Abuse of OfficeDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Delaware’s Cancer Mortality Rates Continue To Decrease; Public Health Releases Latest Cancer ReportDate Posted: October 11, 2021
Retired Director of GACEC Receives Lifetime Achievement AwardDate Posted: October 10, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct 8, 2021: Cumulative COVID-19 Death Count Nears 2,000Date Posted: October 8, 2021
DPH Announces Second Human Case of West Nile Virus and First Case Detected in a Horse for 2021Date Posted: October 8, 2021
Statement from Treasurer Davis on Senate Vote to Increase of Debt CeilingDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Delaware Announces Community Investment Recovery Fund for Delaware NonprofitsDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Blackbird Creek Reserve Hosts Fall FestivalDate Posted: October 7, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Funding for New Delaware Hospital for the Chronically IllDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Historical MarkerDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Education (DOE) Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Unemployment Insurance Policy Regarding Employer Vaccine MandatesDate Posted: October 6, 2021
Join the ‘Race to End COVID’ Event at Dover International SpeedwayDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Smokey Bear in Dover for Fire Prevention WeekDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DART First State Receives Grant to Expand Electric Bus FleetDate Posted: October 5, 2021
Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Hall-Long Announce $50M American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Investment in Jobs TrainingDate Posted: October 5, 2021
DPH Announces The Start of Flu Season: Vaccine Is Best Line of Defense For Delawareans 6 months and olderDate Posted: October 4, 2021
$26.4M American Rescue Plan Investment in Wilmington HousingDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Secretary of State Jeff Bullock Wishes Delawareans A Happy Italian American Heritage MonthDate Posted: October 4, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested October 5Date Posted: October 4, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 1, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations StabilizeDate Posted: October 4, 2021
National Firefighters Memorial ServiceDate Posted: October 3, 2021
Margaret Rose Henry Bridge Project Finalist for National AwardDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Judicial NominationsDate Posted: October 1, 2021
In Memoriam: Second Lieutenant George M. JohnsonDate Posted: October 1, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings On Conviction of Michael HastingsDate Posted: September 30, 2021
DNREC Issues Two Authorizations to Diamond State Port Corporation for New Shipping Container FacilityDate Posted: September 30, 2021
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Opening in OctoberDate Posted: September 30, 2021
2022 Delaware Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 11Date Posted: September 30, 2021
Renovated Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp Officially OpenDate Posted: September 29, 2021
DPH Oral Health Program, AAP Delaware Chapter Promote Early Literacy, Dental Care Through Book ProgramDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Delaware Public Archives Dedicates Women’s Suffrage Parade MarkerDate Posted: September 29, 2021
UD and DEMA Partner to Support Long-Term RecoveryDate Posted: September 29, 2021
October Is Delaware Cyber Security Awareness MonthDate Posted: September 29, 2021
Sept. 28, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: September 28, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Vaccine or Testing Requirement for EducatorsDate Posted: September 28, 2021
DNREC Seeks Entries for Delaware Watersheds Photo ContestDate Posted: September 28, 2021
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Art Imitates My Life and Inspires Young Artists” by Theresa Angela TaylorDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Medicare Assistance Bureau Shares Resources in Advance of Open EnrollmentDate Posted: September 27, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 24, 2021: Positive Cases and Hospitalizations Decline SlightlyDate Posted: September 24, 2021
DPH Advises Vaccine Providers to Offer Pfizer Booster to Eligible DelawareansDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Increased West Nile Virus Activity Occurring in DelawareDate Posted: September 24, 2021
Historical Affairs programs in October 2021Date Posted: September 23, 2021
“Saluting Branches” – Arborist Day of ServiceDate Posted: September 23, 2021
AG Jennings sues Monsanto for PCB contaminationDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia mensuales el 29 de septiembre para todos los hogares de SNAP, TANF elegibleDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Del. to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits Sept. 29 to All SNAP Households, Eligible TANF, General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: September 23, 2021
Delaware Department of Labor Hosts Job Fairs Throughout September Attracting Hundreds of Job SeekersDate Posted: September 22, 2021
DCRPT convicts former Dewey Beach police officer for 2019 assaultDate Posted: September 22, 2021
Disability Awareness Month Poster Contest CANCELLED for 2021Date Posted: September 22, 2021
Department of State Announces Ownership Transfer of the Kirk and Short Building to the Biggs Museum of American ArtDate Posted: September 21, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 17, 2021: Hospitalizations and Case Numbers Continue Concerning Trend UpwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration after Flooding Caused by Tropical Depression IdaDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Three Environmental BillsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Port Mahon Fishing Pier to Close for Emergency RepairsDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Change at Delaware Department of Human Resources (DHR)Date Posted: September 17, 2021
College Savings Highlighted in Work of Office of the State TreasurerDate Posted: September 17, 2021
DNREC Parks Director Earns National AwardDate Posted: September 17, 2021
Federal Assistance Available for New Castle County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by Hurricane IdaDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Keeping Kids Safe: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety Promotes National Child Passenger Safety WeekDate Posted: September 16, 2021
National POW/MIA Recognition DayDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Gov. Carney, Lt. Gov. Hall-Long, Sen. Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester Announce $110M Universal Broadband Investment  Date Posted: September 16, 2021
Five-year Discount Trend Shows It’s A Great Time To Preserve Delaware FarmlandDate Posted: September 16, 2021
Stray Cat in New Castle Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 16, 2021
I-95/Route 1 Toll Amnesty Program to Begin October 1Date Posted: September 15, 2021
Delaware Agriculture Secretary Urges Farms to Participate in USDA Agricultural Labor SurveyDate Posted: September 15, 2021
Plan to Connect Donovan Smith Manufactured Home Community Gets Important Conditional ApprovalDate Posted: September 14, 2021
Unclaimed Property MONEY MATCH Program reunites over $900,000 to Delaware TaxpayersDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Governor Carney Proclaims Sept. 20-24 as Falls Prevention Awareness Week in DelawareDate Posted: September 13, 2021
DNREC to Begin Construction on Pomeroy Trail  Lighting in White Clay Creek State ParkDate Posted: September 13, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Sept 10, 2021: Daily COVID-19 Cases Hits Highest Number Since JanuaryDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC to Host Auburn Valley Master Plan Community MeetingDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney Encourage Reading This FallDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Deer in Rehoboth Beach Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Flags to be Lowered September 11 in Observance of Patriot DayDate Posted: September 10, 2021
DNREC Chester-Choptank Watershed Report Details Wetland Health and Management RecommendationsDate Posted: September 10, 2021
Augustine Beach Boat Ramp to Temporarily Close for DredgingDate Posted: September 9, 2021
Auditor McGuiness: Annual Statewide Audit Again Finds Problems With DHSS’ Medicaid ProgramDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health EmergencyDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Governor Carney, City of Wilmington, and DEMA Announce Flood Assistance ProgramsDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Fox in Greenwood Tests Positive for RabiesDate Posted: September 8, 2021
DNREC and Partners Earn Award for Living Shoreline ProjectDate Posted: September 8, 2021
Delaware Receives $10.8 Million to Improve Access to Affordable Health Coverage through Reinsurance ProgramDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Auditor McGuiness to Hold Town Halls on Spending of American Rescue Plan FundsDate Posted: September 7, 2021
Nominations Open for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards; Submission Deadline is Sept. 27Date Posted: September 7, 2021

Delaware Health and Social Services | Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021

DOVER (Oct. 15, 2021) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is strongly reminding Delawareans to use caution when around unknown wild animals, including feral cats and stray animals. The reminder comes after a skunk in Greenwood recently tested positive for rabies after attacking a stray cat. The cat escaped and was later found dead in a nearby area.
“This situation is a good reminder for everyone to not touch, feed or approach stray animals. Had that cat returned to its feral colony and been infected with rabies from the attack, it could have transmitted the infection to other cats,” said DPH Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong. “For the safety of everyone, the best thing to do to avoid risk of exposure to rabies, is to stay away from unfamiliar wild or stray animals.”
Rabies is a preventable disease. DPH recommends that individuals take the following steps to prevent rabies exposure:
All dogs, cats, and ferrets 6 months of age and older are required by Delaware law to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
Pet owners can reduce the possibility of pets being exposed to rabies by keeping them indoors and not letting them roam free. It is especially important for pet owners who do allow their cats to roam outdoors to vaccinate their pets.
Do not touch or otherwise handle wild or unfamiliar animals, including cats and dogs, even if they appear friendly.
Do not keep your pet’s food or water outdoors; bowls can attract wild and stray animals.
Do not feed feral animals, including cats, as the risk of rabies in wildlife is significant.
Spaying or neutering your pet may reduce the tendency to roam or fight and, thus, reduce the chance they will be exposed to rabies.
Keep your garbage securely covered.
Consider vaccinating livestock and horses, as well. It is recommended to consult with your private veterinarian if you have any questions regarding whether your animal(s) should be vaccinated against rabies.
Since Jan. 1, 2021, DPH has performed rabies tests on 171 animals, 17 of which were confirmed to be rabid, which includes one dog, two raccoons, two skunks (including this one), one fox, three cats, six bats, one cow and a deer. DPH only announces those rabies cases for which it is possible the animal had unknown contacts with additional humans or pets.
In 2020, DPH performed rabies tests on 121 animals, four of which were confirmed to be rabid, including one raccoon, one bat, and two cats. Two additional Delaware animals were tested out of state and confirmed positive, bringing the state total to six.
Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of humans and other mammals. 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 in humans and animals cannot be cured once symptoms appear. Therefore, if a human has been exposed, and the animal is unavailable to be quarantined or tested, DPH recommends that people receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, a series of four vaccinations, as a precautionary measure.
If You Encounter an Animal Behaving Aggressively:
If you encounter a wild animal other than a feral cat or possibly dog behaving aggressively, it is recommended you contact the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912 or 302-735-3600. Staff will determine whether it is more appropriate to refer callers to a private nuisance wildlife control operator. A listing of nuisance wildlife control operators can be found at https://wildlifehelp.org/. Calls after hours and on weekends can be made to the 24-hour dispatch number at 800-523-3336.
Do not throw items at the animal or make loud banging noises, which may startle the animal and cause it to attack. Instead, your initial response – if the animal is behaving in an aggressive manner or appears to be foaming at the mouth – should be to raise your hands above your head to make yourself appear larger to the animal while slowly backing away from it. If the animal starts coming toward you, raise your voice and yell sternly at it, “Get away!” If all that fails, use any means to protect yourself including throwing an object at the animal or trying to keep it away by using a long stick, shovel, or fishing pole.
If you encounter a stray or feral domestic animal, such as a cat or dog, behaving aggressively, contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.
If You Encounter a Sick or Injured Animal:
To report a sick or hurt wild animal, Delaware residents are asked to contact the DNREC’s Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912 or 302-735-3600. Staff will determine whether it is more appropriate to refer callers to a permitted volunteer wildlife rehabilitator.
If you encounter a sick stray domestic animal, such as a cat or dog, contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.
For more information on the DPH rabies program, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/rabies.html or call 1-866-972-9705 or 302-744-4995. For more information on rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/rabies/.
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Delaware Health and Social Services | Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021

DOVER (Oct. 15, 2021) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is strongly reminding Delawareans to use caution when around unknown wild animals, including feral cats and stray animals. The reminder comes after a skunk in Greenwood recently tested positive for rabies after attacking a stray cat. The cat escaped and was later found dead in a nearby area.
“This situation is a good reminder for everyone to not touch, feed or approach stray animals. Had that cat returned to its feral colony and been infected with rabies from the attack, it could have transmitted the infection to other cats,” said DPH Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong. “For the safety of everyone, the best thing to do to avoid risk of exposure to rabies, is to stay away from unfamiliar wild or stray animals.”
Rabies is a preventable disease. DPH recommends that individuals take the following steps to prevent rabies exposure:
All dogs, cats, and ferrets 6 months of age and older are required by Delaware law to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
Pet owners can reduce the possibility of pets being exposed to rabies by keeping them indoors and not letting them roam free. It is especially important for pet owners who do allow their cats to roam outdoors to vaccinate their pets.
Do not touch or otherwise handle wild or unfamiliar animals, including cats and dogs, even if they appear friendly.
Do not keep your pet’s food or water outdoors; bowls can attract wild and stray animals.
Do not feed feral animals, including cats, as the risk of rabies in wildlife is significant.
Spaying or neutering your pet may reduce the tendency to roam or fight and, thus, reduce the chance they will be exposed to rabies.
Keep your garbage securely covered.
Consider vaccinating livestock and horses, as well. It is recommended to consult with your private veterinarian if you have any questions regarding whether your animal(s) should be vaccinated against rabies.
Since Jan. 1, 2021, DPH has performed rabies tests on 171 animals, 17 of which were confirmed to be rabid, which includes one dog, two raccoons, two skunks (including this one), one fox, three cats, six bats, one cow and a deer. DPH only announces those rabies cases for which it is possible the animal had unknown contacts with additional humans or pets.
In 2020, DPH performed rabies tests on 121 animals, four of which were confirmed to be rabid, including one raccoon, one bat, and two cats. Two additional Delaware animals were tested out of state and confirmed positive, bringing the state total to six.
Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of humans and other mammals. 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 in humans and animals cannot be cured once symptoms appear. Therefore, if a human has been exposed, and the animal is unavailable to be quarantined or tested, DPH recommends that people receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, a series of four vaccinations, as a precautionary measure.
If You Encounter an Animal Behaving Aggressively:
If you encounter a wild animal other than a feral cat or possibly dog behaving aggressively, it is recommended you contact the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912 or 302-735-3600. Staff will determine whether it is more appropriate to refer callers to a private nuisance wildlife control operator. A listing of nuisance wildlife control operators can be found at https://wildlifehelp.org/. Calls after hours and on weekends can be made to the 24-hour dispatch number at 800-523-3336.
Do not throw items at the animal or make loud banging noises, which may startle the animal and cause it to attack. Instead, your initial response – if the animal is behaving in an aggressive manner or appears to be foaming at the mouth – should be to raise your hands above your head to make yourself appear larger to the animal while slowly backing away from it. If the animal starts coming toward you, raise your voice and yell sternly at it, “Get away!” If all that fails, use any means to protect yourself including throwing an object at the animal or trying to keep it away by using a long stick, shovel, or fishing pole.
If you encounter a stray or feral domestic animal, such as a cat or dog, behaving aggressively, contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.
If You Encounter a Sick or Injured Animal:
To report a sick or hurt wild animal, Delaware residents are asked to contact the DNREC’s Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912 or 302-735-3600. Staff will determine whether it is more appropriate to refer callers to a permitted volunteer wildlife rehabilitator.
If you encounter a sick stray domestic animal, such as a cat or dog, contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.
For more information on the DPH rabies program, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/rabies.html or call 1-866-972-9705 or 302-744-4995. For more information on rabies, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/rabies/.
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Related Topics:  DE Division of Public Health, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware Division of Public Health, DPH Rabies Program, rabies, rabies exposure

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