House Bill 4
151st General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 3 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO RABIES CONTROL.
Section 1 clarifies the definitions for animal exposed to rabies, control and observation, exotic animals, human exposed to rabies, owner, rabid animal, rabies vector species, strict quarantine, scratch, and suspect rabid animal. Section 2 clarifies the reporting requirements for a medical practitioner, hospital, veterinarian, or other person with knowledge of a person or animal suspected of being exposed to rabies. Section 3 requires veterinarians providing rabies vaccines to be licensed veterinarians and removes the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control from the list of entities authorized to inspect a cat or ferret owner’s certificate of a valid rabies vaccination. Section 4 provides that no licensed veterinarian or other person may vaccinate a native wild animal, a native wild animal hybrid, an exotic mammal or an exotic mammal hybrid with a rabies vaccine not intended for use in that animal except when specifically approved by the Department of Agriculture. Section 6 modifies the requirements for management of animals exposed to rabies including requirements for reports of suspected rabies exposure, requirements for release of quarantine, reporting of conditions of quarantine, disposition during quarantine, and surrender of dogs, cats, or ferrets for quarantine. Section 7 clarifies the responsibility and liability of an owner of an animal known or suspected to have exposed a human to rabies. Section 7 also establishes that law enforcement canines are not subject to being quarantined after biting a person if such bit occurred while the dog was being used for a law enforcement purpose. Section 10 removes the provision allowing the Director of Division of Public Health to require the reporting of all cases where humans were bitten by an animal known to transmit rabies. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Drafting Manual.