Rabies & Animal Bites
Rabies is a very serious disease that affects animals and humans and can result in death if left untreated. Recognizing the dangers associated with rabies, The Delaware General Health District Residential Services Unit works to protect the public from the threat of rabies. We do this by monitoring reports, investigating exposures and requiring residents to vaccinate their pets. We also occasionally work with local veterinarians to provide animal shot clinics for our residents.
Rabies is commonly associated with wild animals such as raccoons, skunk, bats, foxes and coyotes. The disease can spread to people and pets when the saliva from a rabid animal enters the body by way of a bite or a scratch, or through contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth. It is also important to note that a bat found in an occupied home is considered an exposure and should be reported to the Delaware General Health District.
If you would like to know more about rabies and rabies prevention, we encourage you to visit some of the links on this page. These are excellent resources to provide a better perspective on the disease, its prevention and treatment.
Please note: In the event of an exposure you should always consult your physician. The Delaware General Health District is unable to offer medical advice.
- Control Regulations
- Animal Bite/Exposure Report
- Zoonotic Disease: Surveillance and Control Guide
- How to Safely Capture a Bat