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9:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Rabid Fox Bites Millsboro Resident

Delaware health officials say that a rabid fox has bitten a Millsboro resident.

The incident occurred in the Hub Court Mobile Home Park off of Route 113 on Friday.

And the fox tested positive for rabies.

Health officials say that they are getting in touch with those who are believed to have come into contact with the fox and are urging that they get post-exposure rabies treatment.  

Officials are telling residents not to feed stray animals and to never handle such creatures as bats, raccoons, skunks or foxes.

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1:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Second Cat Tests Positive for Rabies After MD Camper is Attacked

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - Health officials say a second cat tested positive for rabies and was euthanized following an attack on a camper in Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Worcester County health officials said Thursday that the calico cat was part of a "free-roaming colony" living on an unoccupied property outside of Berlin.

It's the second cat in the area that tested positive for rabies this week.

Health officials tracked the cats down after a woman was attacked by a rabid cat on Monday at the Pocomoke River State Park. The woman has recovered.

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9:06 am
Tue October 29, 2013

First Pet With Rabies This Year in Worcester County

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The first rabid family pet in Worcester County has contracted rabies after a fight with a raccoon.

Health officials say that the symptoms developed last week and the pet was euthanized by Worcester County Animal Control.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the health department says several members of the family were exposed to the dog and given the appropriate medical assessments.

The health department reports there have been a high number of rabid animals in Worcester County with 43 confirmed cases.

These included not only the dog but 37 raccoons.

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8:30 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Alert for Rabid Foxes in Caroline County

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An incident in Denton of an apparently rabid fox has officials in Caroline County on alert.

On October 14th Mark Harding was leaving a friend’s home when a fox ran out in front of his car, bit him and then went inside the home where it also bit two dogs and scratched or bit the owner of the home Dona Fountain.

Amanda Cook from the Humane Society in Caroline County emphasized to WBOC that the disease is fatal if not treated.

Rabies has been a recurring problem for Maryland.

The latest study found Maryland had 384 cases of rabies.

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11:36 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Organ Donation: Source of Rabies for Maryland Death

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a rabies death in Maryland was caused by an organ transplant.

The agency said Friday that three other people in Florida, Georgia and Illinois who got organs from the same donor are getting anti-rabies shots.

The donor died in Florida in 2011 after moving there from North Carolina.

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9:31 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Rabies Vaccination Program Gets More Money in Somerset County

There will be money in Somerset County’s 2014 budget for free rabies vaccination clinics held twice a year.

The County Commissioners agreed to add over $12-hundred to the Animal control budget after health officials told them several months ago about the need for better control of rabies among feral cats.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the health department now holds the clinics in the spring and the fall charging a $6 fee per animal.

James Henderson head of Animal Control said his agency sees several wild rabid animals a month. 

8:52 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Proposed Cat Ordinance In Somerset County


Local humane society and public health officials are now backing a new ordinance in Somerset County that would require all cat owners to vaccinate their felines for rabies.

The current ordinance only dealt with dogs.

The draft ordinance includes a trap, neuter and release policy for dealing with feral cat colonies rather than euthanasia.

The measure also details how the county will handle cats that could have rabies and allows Animal Control the right to make sure cats are vaccinated.