Dog tests positive for rabies in Kent Co.

Health officials say a rabid dog was euthanized after two people were bitten in Kent County.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services says on Tuesday, a family's adult medium-sized pitbull tested positive for rabies after biting his two adult owners, in Houston. Officials say the victims were bitten while attempting to put the dog in a kennel and the animal became aggressive towards them. Officials describe the dog as red and tan with white markings.

According to officials, it is not possible to determine how or when the dog got infected because it was not on a leash while outside, and the home does not have a fenced backyard. The dog apparently did not have an up to date rabies vaccination. Heath officials report that the animal was euthanized and later tested which yielded the positive results. The two victims have reportedly begun treatment.

DHSS says since January 1, 2018, the DPH has tested 20 animals for rabies, and this is the second positive case for the year.

Anyone in the Houston area or Kent County who thinks they may have been bitten, scratched, or come in contact with the rabid dog is urged to call their health provider or the Division of Public Health DPH Rabies Program at 302-744-4995. If you think your pet may have been bitten by the dog, call a veterinarian or the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) at 302-698-4630.

Health officials say rabies in humans and animals cannot be cured once symptoms appear. DPH advises that people receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment, a series of four vaccinations, as a precautionary measure against rabies.

Categories: Delaware, Local News