MONROE—A raccoon found in the vicinity of North Disbrow Road and Butcher Road in Monroe tested positive for rabies, Middlesex County Public Health Department Director-Health Officer David A. Papi announced Thursday.
This is the 11th rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2009 and the sixth reported in Monroe.
On Oct. 12, the Monroe Animal Control Officer responded to a report that a resident’s dog had killed a raccoon which had wandered into their backyard.
The raccoon was then sent to the New Jersey State Department of Health Laboratory for testing and it was reported late Wednesday afternoon that the animal tested positive for rabies.
The dog is currently vaccinated for the rabies virus but since the animal had direct exposure with the raccoon, the Middlesex County Public Health Department has placed the dog under a 45-day observation period.
The resident has another pet dog that was also in the backyard at the time of the incident. This dog is also currently vaccinated for the rabies virus but since the dog’s exposure to the raccoon is unknown, the Middlesex County Public Health Department as a precaution has placed the dog under a 45-day observation period.
The owner has been instructed to have the animals examined by a veterinarian after the 45-day observation period and immediately notify the department if the dogs show any symptoms of rabies during this period. The department also advised the owner to consult their physician. Additionally, the department is currently distributing rabies advisory flyers and fact sheets in the area.
Papi said, “The Middlesex County Public Health Department continues to monitor rabies cases within the County. Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to their local Animal Control Officer. Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to your local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible. Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.”
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