Rabid Raccoon Found In Piscataway

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PISCATAWAY — The Middlesex County Public Health Department is reporting that a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Piscataway, in the vicinity of River Road and Maplehurst Lane.

This is the ninth rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2010 and the first rabid animal reported in the municipality of Piscataway.

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On May 20, the Piscataway Animal Control Officer responded to a report that a raccoon was observed on a resident’s property. The resident reported that the raccoon fought with and was subsequently killed by the resident’s pet dog. The raccoon was 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 pet dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination. As a precaution, the Middlesex County Public Health Department advised the owners to consult with a veterinarian to receive a booster vaccination and to place the dog under a 45-day observation period. The owners of the dog also were advised to speak to a physician regarding exposure to the animal. 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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