Border Rabies

U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist Robert Acabbo prepares a rabies shot.

Ocean View residents who live in the Plantation Park community are advised to be on the lookout for cases of rabies.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said a feral kitten that came into contact with a human tested positive for the deadly disease on November 1, 2019.

They said a resident sought medical attention for a kitten with an injury, when the diagnosis was confirmed. The remaining kittens in the litter were trapped by the DPH and euthanized to prevent further spread of rabies.

The kittens' caretaker is also undergoing treatment for possible rabies exposure.

While additional human exposure in this case is low, anyone in this area who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a feral kitten should immediately contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302.744.4995. An epidemiologist is available 24/7. Anyone in the area who thinks their pet may have been bitten by a feral kitten should call their private veterinarian or the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) at 302.698.4500 or email deanimalhealth@delaware.gov.

Since the beginning of this year, nine animals have tested positive for rabies; they include six raccoons, two cats, and a skunk.