Delaware Public Media

Rabid cat bites Sussex County resident

Sep 13, 2018

Delaware’s Division of Public Health is warning Millsboro residents of a potential rabies threat.

 

A stray cat in the residential area of Mount Joy Road between Townsend and Cannon Roads has tested positive for rabies.

 

The cat bit someone trying to provide aid to the animal after it was hit by a vehicle in the victim’s driveway.

 

DPH has performed rabies tests on 107 animals this year, 10 of which were confirmed to be rabid.

 

A Kent County woman died from rabies last month. She was the first rabies-related death in Delaware in almost 80 years.

 

Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system in mammals.

 

It is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal.

 

Rabies cannot be cured once symptoms appear.

 

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