EDISON – A case of rabies in a raccoon within Edison Township was confirmed by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services Laboratory today. This is the third confirmed case of rabies in Edison for 2010.
This raccoon appeared sick and was reported by a resident of Winthrop Road on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The raccoon was submitted to the NJ State Rabies Laboratory by the Edison Municipal Animal Shelter.
The Edison Division of Health offers the following advice:
- Vaccinate all pets you take care of and prevent them from running loose.
- Never touch a wild animal, even if it is dead or injured.
- Leave wildlife alone. Do not make pets of wild animals or try to “save” baby animals even if they seem abandoned.
- Educate children to stay away from stray animals.
- Do not pet stray animals.
- Pets can get rabies – have your dogs and cats vaccinated and licensed.
- Do not feed or handle stray cats, since cats contract rabies six times more often than dogs.
- Call your Animal Control Officer (1-732-248-7278) if you find stray animals.
- Keep garbage cans covered with tight lids.
- Cap all chimneys, which raccoons often use as dens.
- Keep sheds and garages and other possible den sites in good repair.
- Keep pets indoors at nights to avoid contact with rabies “high risk” animals.
If you are bitten by any animal, take as careful a look at the animal as is consistent with safety. Much may depend on the subsequent identification of the animal. Immediately wash all animal bites thoroughly with soap and water. Call your doctor or go the nearest emergency room. Report the incident to the Health Department or Police Department as soon as possible. The Edison Police Department can be reached at 1-732-248-7400 or by 911, and the Health Department may be reached at 1-732-248-7273.
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