CLOSE

Hollywood filmmakers found their next four-legged co-star with Brad Pitt at the Delaware Red Pit Bulls. 3-year-old Sayuri plays in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitts dog brandy.
Jennifer Corbett, Wilmington

After a raccoon near Newark has bitten someone and subsequently tested for rabies, Delaware's Public Health Department warns the public about the dangers of the infectious disease and how to prevent infection ,

The incident occurred earlier this week near Rittenhouse Park near West Chestnut Hill Road, according to the Delaware Health and Social Services. The victim is now being treated for rabies, the DHSS said.

Rabies is an infectious disease that affects a person's nervous system. This can be done by a bite or a scratch of an infected animal or when saliva from an animal gets into the eyes, nose, mouth or skin.

According to DHSS, people in the region may be in contact with a raccoon. In any case, contact your doctor or call the DPH rabies program at (302) 744-4995.

ANIMAL INJURY: Milford wife indicted for animal cruelty after dog dies of excessive heat

The incident occurred less than a year after the death of a woman west of Felton Be exposed to rabies. She was the second Delawarean woman to contract the disease and die.

The only other known person who died of rabies was a boy in 1941. The state began keeping records in 1913.

The boy Edward Louis Clark, a boy, was bitten by a stray dog ​​when he played on Newport Pike in front of his house. The health authorities did not disclose the name of the Kent County woman who died of rabies last year. At the time, the state stated that it did not know how it was exposed.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about two people die of rabies each year in the United States.

HOLLYWOOD DOG: Delaware Pit Bull Stars as Brad Pitts Dog in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

In 2018, DPH carried out rabies tests on 146 animals, 19 of which were tested were confirmed as rabid. These included six raccoons, five cats, five foxes, a dog, a horse and a donkey.

Rabies in humans and animals can not be cured as soon as symptoms appear. Most people who get the disease die within a few weeks. The health authorities recommend as a precaution, to get vaccinated.

They also urge the Delaware to vaccinate their pets, avoid touching unknown animals, and watch out for potentially rabid animals such as foxes, bats, and raccoons.

Contact Brandon Holveck at [email protected] or (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon .

Read or Share This Story: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2019/07/26/rabies-raccoon-newark-tests -positive-health-officials-warn-driven / 1841017001 /