Man bitten by rabid fox in city park

By Amy Cherry 4:09pm, August 13, 2014 - Updated 2:30pm, August 14, 2014
The Delaware Division of Public Health is warning you to take precautions against exposure to rabies after a rabid fox bit a man in Brandywine Creek State Park July 30th.

DDPH says the man received a series of preventative injections for rabies, which cannot be cured once symptoms manifest themselves.

To keep yourself and others from being infected, keep yourself, other people and your pets away from wild animals like foxes, bats, raccoons, and skunks.

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. Don't feed or house any stray animals, and if you are bitten, scratched of have contact with saliva from a potentially rabid animal, get medical attention as soon as possible.

You should also keep your pet's rabies shots up to date. For more information about how to prevent and treat rabies, you can call DDPH's Rabies Hotline at 866-972-9705.

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