Woodbridge Issues Rabies Alert

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WOODBRIDGE—The Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services has been notified by the New Jersey Department of Health of a positive case of rabies in a raccoon trapped on Oct. 4 in the vicinity of Schoder Avenue in Woodbridge.

The raccoon was recovered by Woodbridge Township Animal Control and the carcass was provided to the State Department of Health forensic laboratory for testing.  There is no indication that the animal had any contact with humans or domestic animals.  The positive test results were received on Oct. 7 by the Woodbridge Health Department.

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Dennis M. Green, director of Health, and the Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services urges caution when encountering suspect animals and recommend the following rabies-related health information and precautionary measures:

1) If you have come in close contact with a raccoon, skunk, or other animal exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior over the past seven to ten days call the Woodbridge Township Department of Health & Human Services immediately at 1-732-855-0600, Ext 5007;

2) Rabies can affect any warm-blooded animal.  Do not come in close contact with stray or wild animals and do not let children play with or feed wildlife or unknown animals/pets;

3) Be cautions when encountering wildlife as animals affected with rabies will deviate from normal behavior.  If you see a wild animal acting erratic or unusual, contact the Woodbridge Health Department/Animal Control at 1-732-855-0600, Ext 5007;

4) Make sure pets are current with rabies vaccine and health-related shots.  If pets are not current, take them to a veterinarian immediately for a rabies vaccine;

5) Do not feed pets or place food outside, as this practice will attract wildlife to the home or area;

6) Make sure all garbage and recycling containers are tightly closed and seal any potential areas where skunks can nest, such as under decks, garages, wood piles and brush areas;

7) If you are bitten by an animal, especially one that is acting erratic or unusual, contain the animal if possible to do so safely.  Alternatively, obtain a good description of the animal for later identification.  Immediately cleanse the wound, seek medical attention, and contact the Woodbridge Health Department at 1-732-855-0600, Ext 5007.

For more information on rabies contact the Woodbridge Township Health Department at 1-732-855-0600 or the New Jersey Department of Health web page at www.state.nj.us/health.


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