Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents of the Chalfonte community and surrounding areas in Wilmington who may have come into contact with a raccoon that the DPH Lab found to be rabid on Thursday, April 13, 2017. The raccoon was picked up after getting into a fight with pet dogs in the area and was euthanized. Anyone who thinks they might have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with a raccoon should immediately contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995.
In recognition of Dog Bite Prevention Week from April 9 to 15, 2017 the Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) aims to reduce dog bite occurrences with useful tips for anyone who comes in contact with dogs. Dog bites are often preventable with responsible dog ownership and correct behavior around dogs. In 2016, 1,564 dog bites to humans were reported to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Owners may be liable if their dog bites a person or another animal, but having control of one’s dog can greatly decrease bite risks.
The Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing three more flu-related fatalities for the 2016-2017 flu season. The three recent deaths push flu-related fatalities in Delaware to 14 – more than doubling the 2015-2016 death total of six. Of the 14 Delawareans who have died from the flu this season, 13 had other serious underlying health conditions. However, the most recent flu-related death involved a 45-year-old Kent County man who had no known significant underlying medical conditions beyond being ill with the flu. DPH was not able to verify his vaccination status.
Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents of Main Street (Business Route 13), Bridgeville with nearby intersecting roads of Fawn Road and Redden Road, who may have been exposed to a feral cat, that the DPH Lab found the animal to be rabid on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The black, domestic shorthair has bitten or scratched at least one individual in this area, and has been euthanized.
The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) will hold a public hearing and meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 19 in Conference Room 220, Kent County Administrative Complex, 555 South Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901.
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