MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Middlesex County Public Health Department is reporting that two animals tested positive for rabies: a skunk tested positive in Jamesburg and a raccoon in Monroe. They are the 13th and 14th rabid animals reported in the county this year.
Seven have been reported in Monroe, while this is the first reported case in Jamesburg.
On Nov. 5, the Jamesburg Animal Control Officer responded to a report of a skunk that was unafraid of humans that went into a resident’s backyard in the vicinity of Woodland Road and Forsgate Drive and bit their pet dog.
The skunk was subsequently put down by the Animal Control Officer and sent to the New Jersey State Department of Health Laboratory for testing. It was reported today that the animal tested positive for rabies.
The resident’s dog was not currently vaccinated for the rabies virus. Therefore, the Middlesex County Public Health Department has instructed the owner to quarantine the dog for 6 months. The owner has also been instructed to have the animal examined by a veterinarian at the end of the quarantine period, and immediately notify the department if the dog shows any symptoms of rabies during that time.
On Nov. 4, the Monroe Animal Control Officer responded to a report of two dogs which attacked a raccoon after it wandered into a resident’s backyard in the vicinity of Carly Court and Union Valley Road.
The raccoon was then sent to the New Jersey State Department of Health Laboratory for testing and it was reported today that the animal tested positive for rabies. The resident’s two dogs are both currently vaccinated for the rabies virus.
There were no human exposures reported to the department at this time. The department has advised the residents to consult their physician. Additionally, the department is distributing rabies advisory flyers and fact sheets in the area.
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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