GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. – Two separate rabies confirmations have occurred in Gloucester County recently.
A fox was found in the vicinity of 2259 Kings Highway in Woolwich Township on June 28 that tested positive for rabies. There was no human exposure.
Also on June 28, a raccoon was found in the vicinity of 968 Kings Highway, Kingswick Apartments, in West Deptford Township that tested positive for rabies. A person in this case was exposed and has received treatment.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately If left untreated, rabies can cause death.
All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoid wild animals and keep your distance from stray dogs and cats. Be aware that high-risk wildlife such as raccoons, foxes, and skunks also feed in areas where outside cats are fed. In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends that your pets have current rabies vaccinations.
In addition, the Health Department advises that parents tell children not to handle stray or unfamiliar animals including wildlife.
If you see an animal that appears disoriented or exhibits strange behavior, do not handle it. Immediately notify the Gloucester County Animal Control Office at (856) 881-2828
For additional information on rabies please contact the Gloucester County Health Department at (856) 218-4170.